A new machine lets scientists create monster waves—and ways to survive them
By Gregory Mone
Posted 10.04.2007 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
Three years after a series of tsunamis killed more than 200,000 people and devastated hundreds of communities bordering the Indian Ocean, a team of engineers has figured out how to re-create smaller versions of the killer waves in a lab. Their first-of-its-kind flume, set for completion next year, could better reveal how tsunamis work and help in designing buildings that can withstand their power.
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