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Imaging and modeling the ionospheric airglow response over Hawaii to the tsunami generated by the Tohoku earthquake of 11 March 2011

Makela, J J; Lognonne, P; Hebert, H; Gehrels, T; Rolland, L; Allgeyer, Sebastien; Kherani, Alam; Occhipinti, G; Astafyeva, E; Coisson, P; Loevenbruck, A; Clevede, E; Kelley, M C; Lamouroux, J


Although only centimeters in amplitude over the open ocean, tsunamis can generate appreciable wave amplitudes in the upper atmosphere, including the naturally occurring chemiluminescent airglow layers, due to the exponential decrease in density with altitude. Here, we present the first observation of the airglow tsunami signature, resulting from the 11 March 2011 Tohoku earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan. These images are taken using a wide-angle camera system located at the top of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1029/2011GL047860


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