A tsunami that hit a coastal city in northern Japan after the March 11 massive earthquake is estimated to have reached 37.9 meters in height, a field survey showed, Kyodo News Agency reported.
The tsunami measured in a district in Miyako City, 480 km north of Tokyo, was higher than the domestic record of 38.2 meters marked in 1896, Yoshinobu Tsuji, associate professor at the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo said, according to Kyodo.
Tsuji and his team also plans to thoroughly examine the area as there were some traces of water found at places higher than the 37.9-meter point, the report said.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, tsunami higher than 2 meters can destroy timber houses.
Concrete buildings can withstand tsunami up to 4 meters or so, but would also be destroyed if waves exceed 16 meters.