Japan’s tsunami waves top historic heights


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Japan’s tsunami in March produced the largest waves in history.

Some waves grew to more than 100 feet high, breaking historic records, as they squeezed between fingers of land surrounding port towns.

To me, however, this is the biggest takeaway:

Although terrible, the preliminary estimate also finds a better-than 92% survival rate for people living in coastal towns hit by the waves, Bourgeois says. “In that sense, given the magnitude of the unexpectedly large earthquake, things could have been even worse,” she says.

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