Japanese scientists say that a tsunami nearly 38 meters high hit a coastal city in Iwate Prefecture after the earthquake on March 11th.
University of Tokyo Associate Professor Yoshinobu Tsuji and his team conducted a survey of tsunami damage in the Taro district of Miyako City.
They found that the tsunami reached a height of 37.9 meters about 200 meters inland.
This is the highest tsunami to be triggered by the March 11th earthquake. Japan's largest tsunami of 38.2 meters struck another coastal city in the same prefecture in 1896.
Tsuji said the tsunami was as massive as the one that occurred more than a century ago, and the waves may have been even bigger at other locations. He added that he wants to work with other researchers to carry out similar surveys.
Sunday, April 03, 2011 19:12 +0900 (JST)