Monster Seminar JAM - The Orphan Tsunami of 1700
Dr. Brian Atwater
Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington
Unusual seas ran ashore in Japan one winter's night in the year 1700. People wrote of the effects: flooded fields, wrecked houses, a fire, a shipwreck, evacuation, fright. Having felt no earthquake beforehand, some of the writers called the flooding a "high tide" and most resisted calling it a tsunami. None could have known that a seismic shift on a North American fault had set off a train of trans-Pacific waves.
Date and Time:
December 1, 2005,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm