Japan Updates Tsunami Predictions
In 2003 the Japan government’s expert panel on tsunamis predicted the maximum height of any tsunami created by an earthquake to be 20 meters. In wake of last year’s disaster they have changed their evaluation, and the new worst-case scenario is a 35-meter wave. Tokyo could be hit by 20-meter+ waves, and the Hamaoka nuclear plant could face 21-meter waves – which means they should look into extending the height of their 18-meter high breakwater currently under construction.
The panel noted that the projection was for “the worst possible tsunami” and the “chance of its occurrence is extremely low”.