[CEATEC 2015] If you have lived through the huge earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011 in Japan, then you would know how terrifying the event was – especially if you were a victim and not just a citizen of Japan, safe in a totally different prefecture. Life still has to go on for the survivors, where those who once heeded the call of the sea for their living are now earning their keep in a variety of jobs, including running a ramen restaurant. The resilience of mankind is always a testimony to our hardy spirit within, but if there was some sort of early warning system which is better and more accurate, more lives could have been saved, right? Mitsubishi thought so, too, which is why they have come up with a tsunami radar monitoring system.
This particular system will extract data concerning the tsunami components from conventional radar observations of sea surfaces, which will be able to help observers pick out incoming tsunamis earlier than normal. After all, time is of the essence when a natural disaster strikes, and every single second helps as it might even mean the difference between life and death for some. Mitsubishi’s system will make use of an expanded tsunami model that is based on the shallow-water long-wave theory, where it will then be able to make a pretty accurate gauge of tsunami height – and if the sea wall is high enough, perhaps people might not even have to evacuate the area.