Tsunami

After recon trip, researchers say Greenland tsunami in June reached 300 feet high

University of Oregon volcanologist Thomas Giachetti stands with an iceberg washed ashore by a landslide-generated tsunami in Greenland in June. (Photo: Hermann Fritz)

A massive June landslide in Greenland spawned a tsunami that shattered chunks of a glacier and sent water more than 90 meters (300 feet) up the sides of a fjord. That preliminary data comes from Georgia Tech Professor Hermann Fritz and a reconnaissance team that has just returned from a trip to the site of the landslide and tsunami to collect important perishable data about the disaster.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Two weeks in China and Japan teaches students about disaster engineering, Asian culture — and themselves

The International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies class on the Great Wall of China, one of their first stops during their two-week trip to China and Japan.

They climbed the Great Wall of China and explored the Forbidden City. They visited a town destroyed by an earthquake then preserved as a monument to the lives lost. They saw baby pandas and flood control systems, Japanese towns devastated by a tsunami and the Hiroshima memorial. But in the end, it was the relationships they built and an overnight summit of Mt. Fuji in Japan that etched this trip into the memories of four engineering students who traveled to China and Japan in early August.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Understanding landslide-generated tsunamis — and predicting their impact

A simulated landslide splashes into a wave basin at Oregon State University.

Scientists better understand the formation of rare but deadly kinds of tsunamis as a result of first-of-their-kind experiments by two Georgia Tech researchers.

Monday, June 27, 2016

VIDEO: Fritz details impacts of Chile earthquake on CNN Chile

Earthquake and tsunami expert Hermann Fritz traveled to Chile last week after a magnitude 8.4 earthquake off the coast. Fritz, an associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, talked with CNN Chile September 19 about the quake's impacts and the country's response.

Monday, September 21, 2015

What we've learned, 10 years after the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 250,000 people

The day after Christmas in 2004, a massive earthquake shook the ocean floor, sending a tsunami rippling through the Indian Ocean. When that surge reached the shore — from Thailand to Africa — it left more than 250,000 people missing or dead in 12 countries. Millions more lost their homes. Hermann Fritz, a renowned tsunami expert, did extensive research after the disaster, and he recently talked about the event a decade later.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fritz co-edits tsunami special issue of Pure and Applied Geophysics

The journal Pure and Applied Geophysics published a special issue this month focusing on tsunamis in 2011 and 2012, including the massive wave that struck Japan and caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Hermann Fritz co-edited the issue.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tsunami expert Fritz appears on CNN Chile to talk prediction, recovery

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Hermann Fritz talked about tsunamis at length this weekend on CNN Chile, explaining the difficulties in predicting the massive waves. Fritz is in Chile for a series of seminars on earthquakes and tsunamis, including an international gathering on ports engineering and operations.

Monday, October 13, 2014
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