Residents of Hawaii are warned of the approach of a tsunami by sirens mounted on the top of towers. Suppose a siren produces a sound that has an intensity level of 120 dB at a distance of 2.0 m. Treating the siren as a point source of sound, and ignoring reflections and absorption, find the intensity level heard by an observer at a distance of
(a) 12m and
(b) 21 m from the siren.
(c) How far away can the siren be heard?
The solution gives a written explanation alongside the calculations performed to find out how far away a tsunami warning siren can be heard in Hawaii.