Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Tsunami Can Run Over Any Seawall

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Here's what happens to engineers who can't do physics.  Do you think any seawall would have held this?  No, because this is not a wave!  This is a giant sliding sheet of water coming towards you, like water held in a cookie tray.  Put a wall in front, and it jumps it, up to 100 feet high.  Putting faith in a seawall, is like assuming your plant can take an earthquake, without any thought (physics) put into it.

In the pictures, note that the plant is perfectly intact up a few stories.  Can you think of a better place to put backup generators other than the basement?  

1 comment:

Harold Asmis said...

Whoops, a 50 ft seawall up on the land a fair bit was overrun, but not that much. If its 50' up, then the possible runup was still 100'

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