My friend and colleague, the brilliant Dave Tappin, has great evidence that the height of the 3.11 tsunami was significantly augmented by an undersea slump, or submarine landslide. He has voiced this opinion for some time.
Let this put on notice those who rely on only tweaking the parameters of simulations to arrive at the results actually measured. The famous mathematician and physicist John von Neumann remarked that with four parameters he could “fit an elephant…” (Dyson, 2004). Nothing beats actual data pointed to by simulation weaknesses.
Moreover, it shows that any argument from historical data, especially the kind of Bayesian analysis I do, must be divided into tsunami generated by earthquake and tsunami generated by both earthquake and submarine landslide.
Read the full article at the Japan Times: Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified