Tsunami

Tsunami
Tsunami
Tsunami
Tsunami
Tsunami
  • In →
  • NATURE,
  • SCIENCE CENTER,
  • WATER

In this Tsunami exhibit, a tsunami wave is create by causing a landslide on the left side of the tank. Visitors pull on a rope, raising a wedge-shaped sled up a ramp. As the visitor releases the rope, the sled slides down the ramp and into the water, creating a wave.

The wave propagates across the tank, cresting and splashing up a beach that is actually a ramp rising up from the bottom of the tank. Along the beach are a few scale model houses. As the wave reaches the “shoreline”, it begins to break and crashes over the houses.

A camera records the events and with the push of a button the wave crash can be replayed at a slower speed to match the scale of the houses. The video is played back several times before it resets to a live feed. Designed with technical tsunami input from Dr. Philip Watts.




Installed:
2010, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK