August 21, 2014 8:46 pm

Japanese seismometer found in Haida Gwaii could shed new light on 2011 tsunami

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

A Japanese seismometer that was recovered on B.C. coast this summer could help answer some important questions about what happened during the 2011 Japanese tsunami that claimed thousands of lives.

Earlier this week, Japanese researchers made a special trip to B.C. to retrieve data from the seismometer.

The ocean bottom seismometer dislodged from its location in Japan during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The seismometer was deployed on the edge of the quake’s epicentre.

It was just recently found by a boat in Haida Gwaii.

It was one of 40 seismometers deployed over a very large area and only three have never been recovered.

The one found in Haida Gwaii was one of the missing three.

Researchers tell Global News the device is in very good shape and they expect data gathered by it will give an unprecedented insight into what happened during the earthquake.

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