Tsunami arising offshore Maule, Chile, Feb. 27, 2010

This uses a very simple source model with a single fault plane and constant slip, from an early inversion by the USGS. The input parameters are specified in usgs100227.cfg and converted into the dtopo file usgs100227.txt by the script This can be run via:

make topo

which also downloads a topo file for the ocean bathymetry. This bathymetry originally came from the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) using Design-a-grid .

A single gauge captures the sea surface elevation at the location of DART buoy 32412. is a version of setplot that also plots velocities.

Creating kml files to view on Google Earth

By default make data will create kml files showing the computational domain, the extents of the topofiles and dtopofiles used and the AMR regions specified, and the gauge location. These can be viewed using Google Earth or other platforms supporting kml. These are created by the line in invoking kmltools.make_input_data_kmls(rundata).

Note that clicking on a rectangle or gauge in Google Earth displays information about it. You may need to unselect some of the kml files under Places in order to click on ones underneath. is a version of the setplot file that produces kml files from the GeoClaw output for viewing the tsunami propagation.

To use:

make .output
make plots

and then open _plots/Chile_2010.kmz from Google Earth. Note that this is a zipped directory containing a number of kml files and opening this way should open them all. You can then select which ones to view (e.g. the simultion, the grid patches, regions specified in, and/or gauges).

You can unzip the kmz file if you want to extract individual kml files.

See for documentation.