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Big media waves at OSU tsunami research lab

Posted September 30th, 2009 by simmonto

In light of yesterday’s big Pacific quake and subsequent tsunami that left at least 100 dead in American Samoa and many more homeless,  OSU’s singular Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory is of hot interest to media today. It’s the world’s largest facility to model and study tsunamis, and many networks and other big media used it heavily to put in context the Indonesian tsunami of 2004.

Discovery Channel and CBS are among today’s visitors, and the news crew here are fielding more requests by the minute. The Hinsdale Lab is supported by the National Science Foundation — which only last week taped a story at the facility for its Science Nation show, debuting this fall on WETA in Washington, D.C. — as well as the Office of Naval Research.

Hinsdale recently installed a new wavemaker in the lab, one that focuses on hurricane-style waves. The first project with that intriguing new research capability is one that will look at waves and levees, a study supported by the Dept. of Homeland Security. Check out this vid in which the wavemaker smashes a concrete wall.

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