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Tsunami and Earthquake Research at the USGS

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Animation of the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Local Tsunami

Panoramas of Damage in Sri Lanka after the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Panorama of Kalmunai (QuickTime VR) 1.5 MB

Panorama at Nalaveli Hotel (QuickTime VR) 1.9 MB

Hypothetical Tsunami along the Pacific Northwest Coast: Phase 1

QuickTime animation

Animated GIF

Hypothetical Tsunami along the Pacific Northwest Coast: Phase 2

Low Resolution (QuickTime) 2.2 MB

High Resolution (QuickTime) 11.3 MB

1998 Papua New Guinea Tsunami: Earthquake Source

Low Resolution (QuickTime) 1.3 MB

Medium Resolution (QuickTime) 4.7 MB

High Resolution (QuickTime) 16.8 MB

Animation of the Tsunami from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Small Scale (QuickTime) 10 MB

Large Scale (QuickTime) 17 MB

Preliminary Animation of the 23 June 2001 Peru Tsunami

Medium Resolution (QuickTime) 4.3 MB

High Resolution (QuickTime) 24.0 MB

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