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Science Nation: Engineers Re-Create Tsunami Debris Impacts to Measure Their Force

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In a tsunami, devastation is created by far more than the wave itself. Debris that hits homes and other structures plays a huge role in a tsunami’s destructive power. But until now, engineers could only estimate the forces at work when debris, such as a floating telephone pole, hits a house. With support from the National Science Foundation, engineers from across the country have teamed up to design and carry out a series of large-scale tests aimed at better understanding exactly what happens when debris strikes. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

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Episode 1
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