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Japanese Tsunami caused Ice Shelf Havok in Antarctica

Scientists have linked a massive earthquake and the subsequent Tohoku tsunami off the coast of Japan to the creation of large icebergs a hemisphere away.

Kelly Brunt, a cryosphere specialist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, recently confirmed that the March 2011 tsunami was responsible for the calving of icebergs from the Sulzberger Ice Shelf in Antarctica.



According to Brunt, the birth of an iceberg can occur in any number of ways, but after the tsunami, scientists observed new icebergs (about two times the surface area of Manhattan) floating off to sea shortly after the sea swell of the tsunami reached Antarctica.


"In the past we’ve had calving events where we’ve looked for the source. It’s a reverse scenario – we see a calving and we go looking for a source," she explained.

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