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B. The Scientific Interest in Tsunamis

Narrator: This is Science Today. There's a lot of scientific interest in tsunamis, the tidal waves that are usually created by earthquakes. The National Science Foundation has recently awarded a grant supporting a computer model that will simulate the effects of these underwater landslides and to prevent the devastation that often results from the massive waves. And at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Casey Moore has been studying large-scale subduction line faults in the Pacific Ocean. These produce the largest earthquakes in the world.

Moore: This is just drilling, investigating an area where the fault begins at its seaward edge and its deeper part is where it produces the large earthquakes. And then the ultimate goal is to, of course, to drill into that earthquake-producing zone and understand how it operates.

Narrator: Moore was involved in an ocean drilling program which took core samples from the bottom of the ocean.

Moore: It's the same kind of technology that the oil industry uses to precisely target their bore holes to extract the maximum oil out of reservoirs. We're looking at fluids flowing along fault zones.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.