The Japanese Tsunami - Dr. Vasily Titov
About the Live Event
On the afternoon of March 10, 2011, a massive 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. In addition to the devastation caused by the earthquake, a tsunami was unleashed, racing across coastal Japan and radiating out through the Pacific Ocean. The complete picture of damage and loss of life and property won't be known for some time, but scientists are already analyzing what occured and coming up with ways to prevent such tradegies in the future.
JASON Host Researcher Vasily Titov is the Director of Tsunami Research at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). He has been involved with tsunamis and tsunami modeling for nearly 20 years. This is nearly his whole professional career. Today, he is one of the world's leading experts on tsunamis. Vasily has generously agreed to join us to take student questions live in a brief 20-25 minute online interview.
On Thursday, March 24 at 1:30pm EDT, visit this page to watch Vasily answer your live text questions and explain the science behind tsunamis, what happened off the coast of Japan, and how his work relates to this past week's events. You may also pre-submit questions by Tuesday at 7pm ET using the form below. Video questions require a student permission form.
Also, please review the resources to the left for background knowledge on Vasily and his work.