TSUNAMI SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
May 25-27, 1999
Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Sponsored by The Tsunami Society
EAST WEST CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
MAY 25, 1999, 8:30 Morning
OPENING CEREMONIES - George Curtis, President The Tsunami Society
ASTEROID MEGA-TSUNAMIS - Morning Session
9:00 - Comet and Asteroid Hazards: - Threat and Mitigation - J. Solem, LANL
9:30 - Asteroid Tsunami Project at Los Alamos - J. Hills, and P. Goda LANL
10:00 - Refreshment Break
10:30 - High Fidelity Computational Simulations of Asteroid and Comet Impacts - D. Crawford, SNL
11:00 - Impact Tsunami: A Hazard Assessment - S. Ward, E. Asphaug, UC SC
11:30 - Animations of Asteroid Tsunami Inundations - C. Mader, MCC
OTHER MEGA-TSUNAMIS - Afternoon Session
1:00 - The 1958 Lituya Bay Mega-Tsunami - C. Mader, LANL
1:30 - Analysis of Mechanism of Lituya Bay Tsunami - G. Pararas-Carayannis
2:00 - Did a ``Giant Wave'' Strike Lanai? - B. Keating, A. Felton, HIGP
2:30 - Refreshment Break
RECENT TSUNAMI DISASTERS - 5/25/99 Afternoon Session - G. Fryer, Chairman
3:00 - The 1998 New Guinea Tsunami - C. Synolakis, USC (no abstract)
3:30 - 1994 Skagway Landslide Tsunami - B. Campbell, D. Nottingham, PN and D
4:00 - 1983 - 2000 Global Tsunami Catalogue - J. Lander, K. O'Loughlin, L. Whiteside, CIRES
MAY 26, 1999
TSUNAMI WARNING CENTERS - 5/26/99 Morning Session - R. Hagermeyer, Chairman
8:30 - Pacific Tsunami Warning Center - C. McCreery
9:00 - The U.S. West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center - T. Sokolowski
9:30 - Japanese Tsunami Warning System - A. Furumoto, H. Tatehata, A. Morioka
10:00 - Refreshment Break
10:20 - Caribbean Tsunami and Warning System Status - J. Lander, K. O'Loughlin, L. Whiteside, CIRES
10:45 - Tsunami Risk for Australia - J. Rynn and J. Davidson, CERA
11:10 - Landslide Tsunami: Generation, Detection and Warning - S. I. Iwasaki, S. Sakata, Tsukuba, Japan
1:35 - Tsunami Warning in Central America - M. Fernandez , CIGEFI, Costa Rica J. Havskov, K. Atakan, Univ. of Bergen, Norway
PTWC Tour - 5/26/99 Afternoon
BANQUET 6:00 p.m.- Doak Cox - Speaker
MAY 27, 1999
TSUNAMI CIVIL DEFENSE PROJECTS - 5/27/99 Morning - D. Cox, Chairman
8:30 - Hawaii CD Local Tsunami Problem - D. Walker, UH
9:00 - Tsunami Warning Systems in U.S.A. - A. Furumoto, Honolulu, HI
9:30 - Finite Element Modeling of Potential Cascadia Subduction Zone Tsunamis - E. Myers, A. Baptista, G. Priest, OGI
10:00 - Refreshment Break
10:30 - Cascadia Paleotsunamis - I. Hutchinson, P. Bobrowsky, J. Clague and R. Mathewes, SFU Canada
11:00 - Tsunami Mitigation for the City of Suva, Fiji - J. Rynn, G. Prasad, A. Kaloumaira, CERA
11:30 - Pacific Tsunami Museum - W. Dudley, UH
HISTORICAL TSUNAMIS - 5/27/99 Afternoon - M. Blackford, Chairman
1:00 - Tsunamis on the Coast Lines of India - T. S. Murty, lBA Canada
1:30 - Paleotsunami Evidence from the Australian Continent - J. Nott, JCU
2:00 - Tsunamis in Greece - D. Domeny Howes - Coventry Univ.
2:30 - Methods of Calculation of Tsunami Risk - G. Curtis, E. Pelinovsky, UH
3:00 - Refreshment Break
3:15 - TSUNAMI SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
COMET AND ASTEROID HAZARDS: THREAT AND MITIGATION
Johndale C. Solem
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico USA
The magnitude of the threat posed by comets or asteroids that might collide with the Earth will be described. While the probability of
collision is small, the effects including tsunamis could be devastating, suggesting that it should be carefully considered in relation to
other natural disasters. It is one of the few natural disasters that could be averted by technical means. Although many more complex
schemes are possible, the most cost-effective and the only currently-available means of disruption (deflection or pulverization) is a
The optimal tactics for terminal intercept and remote-interdiction scenarios will be described. The optimal mass ratio of an interceptor
rocket carrying a nuclear explosive depends mainly on the ratio of the exhaust velocity to the object closing velocity. Nuclear
explosives can be employed in three different modes depending on their location at detonation: (1) buried below the object's surface
by a penetrating vehicle: (2) detonated at the object's surface; or (3) detonated some distance above the surface.
A model for gravitationally bound objects will be used to obtain the maximum non-fracturing deflection speed for a variety of object
sizes and structures. For a single engagement, we conclude that the non-fracturing deflection speed obtainable with a stand-off device
is about four times the speed obtainable with a surface-burst device. Furthermore, the non-fracturing deflection speed is somewhat
dependent on the number of competent components of the object.
Generalizations indicate: (1) asteroids more than 3 km in diameter can be the most efficiently deflected with a surface burst; (2)
asteroids as small as half km in diameter can be effectively deflected with a stand-off device; (3) smaller asteroids are best pulverized.
THE ASTEROID TSUNAMI PROJECT AT LOS ALAMOS
Jack G. Hills and M. Patrick Goda
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico USA
Tsunamis may be the most devastating source of economic damage caused by asteroid impacts. The worldwide darkness, which may
last several months, caused by large asteroid impacts, such as occurred after the KT impact, may kill more people by mass starvation,
especially in developing countries, than tsunami, but the dust should not severely affect the economic infrastructure. The tsunami may
even kill more people in developed countries with a large coastal population, such as the United States, than would worldwide
At Los Alamos we are in the middle of a systematic study of asteroid tsunami. The study is divided into three parts: a determination of
those regions of the world that are most susceptible to asteroid tsunami by simulating the effect of an asteroid impact into mid-ocean,
the simulation of the formation of the initial crater by use of an SPH code, and a Monte Carlo study of the accumulative effect of
many small impactors on some of the more strategically valuable regions that we find to be particularly vulnerable in the first part of
this study. The first part of the study is well underway. Progress has been made on the other two.
The critical factor in the third part of the study is to accurately determine the dispersion in the waves produced by the smaller
impactors. Dispersion may greatly reduce the effectiveness of the smaller impactors at large distances from the impact point. We wish
to understand this effect thoroughly before going to the Monte Carlo study. We have modeled mid-Atlantic impacts with craters 150
and 300 km in diameter. We are proceeding to Pacific impacts. The code has been progressively improved to eliminate problems at
the domain boundaries, so it now runs until the tsunami inundation is finished. We find that the tsunami generated by such impacts
will travel to the Appalachian mountains in the Eastern USA. We find that the larger of these two impacts would engulf the entire
Florida Peninsula. The smaller one would cover the Eastern third of the Peninsula while a wave passing through the Gulf of Cuba
would cause the inundation of the west coast of Florida.
HIGH FIDELITY COMPUTATIONAL SIMULATIONS OF ASTEROID AND COMET IMPACTS
Computational Physics Department 9232
Sandia National Laboratory
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Of the 140 impact craters known on the surface of Earth, the most famous was created about 65 million years ago when a 10 km
asteroid or comet came down in shallow water near the present day town of Chicxulub, Mexico. With a kinetic energy equivalent to
100 trillion tons of TNT, the impact event lofted enough debris onto globe-straddling trajectories to flash heat much of the surface of
the Earth and then darken the skies for several years.
Numerous investigations have demonstrated that such an event, which happens, on average, every 100 million years, caused extreme
stress on Earth's climate and most likely led to the extinction of many species. Recent high fidelity computational simulations
demonstrate that more numerous asteroids or comets as small as 1-2 km in diameter, impacting, on average, every 300,000 years may
be globally catastrophic-producing large tsunamis and lofting debris to high altitudes worldwide. Indeed, the odds of an individual
dying from a relatively frequent 1-2 km impacting object (about 1 in 10,000) are substantially greater than from the impact of an
infrequent dinosaur killer (1 in 1,000,000).
What can we do to reduce the hazard from impacting comets and asteroids? Recent computational investigations by Asphaug et al,
suggest that weakly bound asteroids (little more than rubble piles) are easier to break than deflect (E. Asphaug, S. J. Ostro, R. S.
Hudson, D. J. Scheeres and W. Benz (1998), Nature, Vol. 393, pp. 437-440.). Is this an advantage or disadvantage? Clearly, the
mechanical and compositional properties of asteroids and comets need to be better understood if viable deflection technologies are to
be developed. Because the detection time prior to impact may be months (long period comet) to years (asteroid or short period comet
several orbits prior to impact), it is possible that we may not have much time to perform such studies if faced with an actual threat.
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ASTEROID IMPACT TSUNAMI: A PROBABILISTIC HAZARD ASSESSMENT
Steven N. Ward and Erik Asphaug
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA USA
We investigate the generation, propagation, and probabilistic hazard of tsunamis spawned by oceanic asteroid impacts. The process
first links the depth and diameter of parabolic impact craters to asteroid density, radius, and impact velocity by means of elementary
energy arguments and crater scaling rules. Then, linear tsunami theory illustrates how these transient craters evolve into vertical sea
surface waveforms at distant positions and times.
By measuring maximum wave amplitude at many distances from a variety of impactor sizes, we derive simplified attenuation relations
that account both for geometrical spreading and frequency dispersion of tsunamis on uniform depth oceans. In general, the tsunami
wavelengths contributing to the peak amplitude coincide closely with the diameter of the transient impact crater. For the moderate size
impactors of interest here (those smaller than a few hundred meters diameter), crater widths are less than or comparable to mid-ocean
depths. As a consequence, dispersion increases the 1/(sqrt r) long-wave decay rate to nearly 1/r for tsunamis from these sources. In
the final step, linear shoaling theory applied at the wavelength associated with peak tsunami amplitude corrects for amplifications as
the waves near land. By coupling this tsunami amplitude/distance information with the statistics of asteroid falls, the probabilistic
hazard of impact tsunamis are assessed in much the same way as probabilistic seismic hazard by integrating contributions over all
admissible impactor sizes and impact locations. In particular, tsunami hazard, expressed as the Poissonian probability of being
inundated by waves 2 to 50 meter height in a 1000 year interval, is computed at both generic (generalized geography) and specific
(real geography) sites.
For a conservative estimate of the impact flux, a typical generic site with 180 degrees of ocean exposure and a 6,000 km reach admits
a 1:23 chance of an impact tsunami of 2 meter height or greater in 1000 years. The likehood drops to 1:58 for a 5 meter wave, and to
1:476 for a 25 meter wave. Specific sites of Tokyo and New York have 1:38 and 1:76 chances of suffering an impact tsunami greater
than 5 meters in the next millennium. We believe that investigations of this style that merge proper tsunami theory with rigorous
probabilistic hazard analysis advance considerably the science of impact tsunami forecasting.
ANIMATIONS OF ASTEROID TSUNAMI INUNDATIONS
Charles L. Mader
Mader Consulting Co.
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
The Asteroid Tsunami Program has as one of its objectives the evaluation of the inundation of major coastal cities of the world to be
expected from mega-tsunamis generated by asteroids. The regions studied include Japan, the U.S. East Coast, Los Angeles, San
Francisco, the Oregon coast, the Hawaiian Islands, Iceland and the European coast.
Some of the inundation studies have been published. Computer animations generated as part of the studies are also available. Many of
the animations are included in the directory TSUNAMI.MVE on the Science of Tsunami Hazards CD-ROM included with the
Tsunami Symposium Abstracts.
The following publications describe some of the inundation modeling shown in the animations.
"Asteroid Tsunami Inundation of Hawaii,'' Science of Tsunami Hazards, 14, 85-88 (1996)
"Asteroid Tsunami Inundation of Japan,'' Science of Tsunami Hazards, 16, 11-16 (1998)
The tsunami inundation of the U.S. East Coast is described in part in
"Tsunami Produced by the Impacts of Small Asteroids ,'' Jack G. Hills and Charles L. Mader, New York Academy of Sciences 822,
MODELING THE 1958 LITUYA BAY MEGA-TSUNAMI
Charles L. Mader
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 USA
Lituya Bay, Alaska is a T-Shaped bay, 7 miles long and up to 2 miles wide. The two arms at the head of the bay, Gilbert and Crillon
Inlets, are part of a trench along the Fairweather Fault. On July 8, 1958, a 7.5 Magnitude earthquake occurred along the Fairweather
fault with an epicenter near Lituya Bay.
A mega-tsunami wave was generated that washed out trees to a maximum altitude of 520 meters at the entrance of Gilbert Inlet. Much
of the rest of the shoreline of the Bay was denuded by the tsunami from 30 to 200 meters altitude.
The SWAN code which solves the nonlinear long wave equations was used to numerically model possible tsunami wave generation
A rockslide of about 30 million cubic meters was probably triggered by the earthquake. It has been assumed to have been the source
of the tsunami wave even though it was difficult to correlate with the eye-witness observations. Numerical studies indicated that the
tsunami wave generated by the rockslide gave tsunami wave inundations that were less than a tenth of those observed if the slide was
assumed to lift a volume of water corresponding to the volume of the slide to above normal sea level.
Another possible source of the tsunami was a massive uplift of the sea floor along the Fairweather Fault that underlies the Gilbert and
Crillon Inlets at the head of the bay. Even if all the water in the inlets was initially raised to above normal sea level, the observed
tsunami inundations could not be numerically reproduced. Since it appeared that a much larger source of water than was available in
the inlet was required, the one possible source was a partially subglacial lake near the sharp bend in Lituya glacier which flows down
Gilbert inlet. The level of the lake was observed to have lowered 100 feet after the earthquake. After the earthquake the glacial front of
Lituya Glacier had become a nearly straight wall and about 400 meters of ice had been sheared off of the glacier front.
Various models of water flowing from breaking glacial dams were studied but they did not reproduce the observations.
Dr. George Pararas-Caryannis suggested that a tsunami wave was formed by a rockslide impact similar to an asteroid impact making
a cavity to the inlet ocean floor and a wave that splashed up to 520 meters height. If the run-up was 50 to 100 meters thick, adequate
water is available between the slide and the run-up and the results are consistent with the observations. Further studies will require
full Navier-Stokes modeling similar to those required for asteroid generated tsunami waves.
ANALYSIS OF MECHANISMS OF TSUNAMI GENERATON IN LITUYA BAY ON JULY 9, 1958
Honolulu, Hawaii USA
The giant waves that rose to a maximum height of 1720 feet at the head of Lituya Bay on July 9, 1958 were generated by a
combination of disturbances triggered by a large, 8.3 magnitude earthquake along the Fairweather fault. Several mechanisms for the
generation of the giant waves have been proposed, none of which can be conclusively supported by the data on hand. Factors that
contributed to the giant waves in Lituya Bay were the result of cumulative effects rather than those from a single source. Possible
generative causes include a combination of tectonic movements associated with the earthquake, movements of a tidal glacier front, a
major subaerial rockslide/landslide in Gilbert Inlet, other subaerial or submarine sliding at the head of the Bay, and the possible
sudden drainage of a subglacial lake on the Lituya Glacier. These factors are examined, as well as the near field strong ground
motions associated with the earthquake.
Dynamic earthquake ground motions lasting 40-60 seconds or more, rather than net crustal displacements, may have contributed significantly to the generation of the giant waves, particularly because of the orientation of the seismic disturbance and the upper Lituya Bay's physical dimensions, geometrical configuration and orientation with the Fairweather fault. Upper Lituya Bay response and the associated secondary phenomena, contributing to the giant slushing wave action in Gilbert Inlet, depended on the earthquake's energy release, proximity to the epicenter, physical rupture along the fault, propagation path of surface seismic waves, and the magnitude and duration of the dynamic, near-field, strong motions. Earthquake ground motions of high intensity (XI, XII on the Modified Mercalli scale) could have resulted in vertical accelerations of up to 0.75g and horizontal accelerations of as much as 2.0g. In the absence of adequate data for the Lituya Bay event, analogies are drawn from recorded recent large earthquakes elsewhere, such as the 17 January 1994 Northridge earthquake in California, for their characteristics of near field ground motions, duration, and the extent of vertical and horizontal accelerations. Additionally, the tectonic setting of the Fairweather fault is examined as characterized by past events as the September 4, 1899, Cape Yakataga Earthquake.
The following mechanism can account for the giant 1720 foot wave runup at the head and for the wave along its main body of Lituya Bay: Almost immediately, the strong ground motions of the earthquake triggered a giant landslide/rockslide at the headland of the bay. Almost, instantaneously, this rockslide/landslide, acting as a monolith and thus resembling an asteroid, impacted with great force the bottom of Gilbert Inlet. The impact created a crater which displaced and folded recent and Tertiary deposits and sedimentary layers. The displaced water and the folding of sediments broke and uplifted 1300 feet of ice along the entire front of the Lituya Glacier. Also, the impact resulted in water splashing action that reached the 1720 foot elevation on the other side of inlet. The same landslide impact, in combination with strong ground movements, the net vertical crustal uplift of about 1 meter, and an overall tilting seaward of the entire crustal block on which Lituya Bay was situated, generated a solitary gravity wave which swept as an edge wave the main body of the bay. An analytical solution based on this proposed impulsive mechanism can further support the 1720-foot runup. Mathematical modeling studies conducted by Dr. Charles Mader, support this mechanism as there is a sufficient volume and an adequately deep layer of water in the Lituya Bay inlet to account for the giant wave runup. Dr. Mader has suggested full Navier-Stokes modeling, as with asteroid generated tsunami waves.
Necessary focus of future research in understanding mega-tsunamis in enclosed bodies of water, such as the Lituya Bay, should be directed towards the examination and modeling of the elements relative to the earthquake energy release, the empirical analysis of earthquake source and seismic energy propagation processes, the near-field ground motions from finite fault sources of past mega-thrust earthquake events, and the systematic studies of resulting secondary effects. Additionally, measurable input and output parameters derived from mathematical modeling and analysis of the Lituya Bay event can be further applied to models of asteroid tsunami generation for purposes of calibration, verification and validation.
DID A ``GIANT WAVE'' STRIKE LANAI?
Barbara H. Keating and E. A. Felton
HIGP - University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Enigmatic geological features described from south Lanai, including assemblages of marine faunas, apparently in situ, at elevations of
up to 329 meters, and the occurrence of gravel deposits containing coral clasts dated at 101-115 Ka have been attributed to a ``Giant
Wave'' generated by a large submarine landslide off Hawaii approximately 105,000 years ago (Moore and Moore, 1984, 1988). It
has also been suggested that this wave traveled across the Pacific Ocean and impacted the coast of southeastern Australia. the ``Lanai
tsunami'' runup is an order of magnitude greater than tsunami runups in historic times. It is critical to assessments of tsunami risk to
verify that such a wave did indeed occur.
Our review of evidence cited in support of the giant wave hypothesis, including ongoing field studies, leads us to question the validity
of the hypothesis.
An examination of gravel stratigraphy at the type section has identified and characterized a complex sequence consisting of 15 beds,
rather than 6 beds of alternating coral-rich and coral-poor basalt illustrated by Moore and Moore (1988), and interpreted by them to
reflect the run-up and seaward return flow of each of three waves in a tsunami wave train. Our studies also show that deposition of
the gravel sequence was punctuated by at least three periods of subaerial exposure of sufficient duration to allow soil formation, and
several other erosional breaks. This is inconsistent with a wholly tsunamigenic origion for the deposit.
Other observational evidence cited in support of the giant wave hypothesis includes soil stripping from the land surface up to 375
meters, deposition of a continuous blanket of gravel (the Hulopoe Gravel) up the slopes of Lanai to 329 meters, and thinning and
fining of this gravel landwards, could not be verified in the field.
A single giant wave event was suggested by Moore and Moore (1984, 1988) based on radiometric dating of a limited number of coral
clasts from two locations, which yielded a narrow range of dates. Larger numbers of recently reported dates tend to cluster around
220 and 120 thousand years, periods of former high sea level stands. While these dates record ages of material in the deposits, they
do not represent depositional age(s). Without stratigraphic control of sampling, there can be no assessment of whether dated material
is eroded and re-deposited.
We suggest that the Hulopoe Gravel is a product of normal events and processes occurring on a rocky, high-energy coast of a tropical
THE 1998 PAPUA NEW GUINEA TSUNAMI
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California USA
Shortly after 7 PM local time on July 17, 1998, more than 10 km ofthe northern PNG coastline home to at least 10,000 people was swept clean by water approximately 10 m high. More than 2,200 people perished in the torrent or shortly thereafter. The scale of the PNG tragedy coupled with unexpectedly large water wave amplitudes for the earthquake size and the local geological complexity motivated an intense international scientific effort to assess if the tsunami was triggered by coseismic displacement or by mass movements.
The July 17, 1998, tsunami that struck Sissano, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the first major tsunami linked directly to a giant mass movement. This event is also a milestone in that modeling efforts have been simultaneously informed by marine surveys and geological analyses carried out on the Kairei (KR98-13) and Natsushima (NT99-02) joint Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC) and South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) cruises. We describe the first effort to model tsunami generation, propagation, and coastal interaction based on recent bathymetric data, geological interpretation, and tethered ROV (Dolphin 3K) investigations of the seafloor.
ANATOMY OF A LANDSLIDE-CREATED TSUNAMI AT SKAGWAY, ALASKA
Bruce A. Campbell, P.E.
Dennis Nottingham, P.E.
Peratrovich, Nottingham and Drage, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska USA
At 7:10 p.m. on November 3, 1994, a large tsunami generated by a massive landslide in the submerged Skagway River delta
occurred near Skagway, Alaska, resulting in one fatality and damaging or destroying many harbor structures.
At first, it was theorized by some that construction activity in the harbor caused the initial landslide. However, this paper presents the
findings of an in-depth scientific investigation that concludes that such a theory is impossible.
The findings paint a clear picture of the failure of the submerged Skagway River delta that was overloaded by flood sediments and
exacerbated by river diking. Slide volumes estimated at over 20 million cubic yards that consisted of a massive initial slide and
subsequent retrogressive earth slide produced the tsunami that caused one fatality and destroyed or damaged harbor structures.
The analysis relies on physical evidence and reconstructs the tsunami on a second-by-second time-line that shows conclusively that
the failure of the submerged Skagway River delta was not caused by the harbor construction. Each shred of evidence is examined and
the event systematically reconstructed on a step-by-step basis without interjecting supposition, speculation, theory or hypotheses.
1983 to 2000 GLOBAL TSUNAMI CATALOG
James F. Lander, Lowell S. Whiteside, and Karen Fay O'Loughlin
National Geophysical Data Center
Boulder, Colorado USA
We are preparing a global historical tsunami catalog for the period from 1983 through the end of 1999. This catalog will bring the
previous Pacific Catalog by Soloviev up to date to the end of the millennium. It will, however, also include tsunamis from all
worldwide sources available to make it the first global tsunami catalog.
We have collected data on 136 tsunamis so far, including 119 from the Pacific, 9 in the Mediterranean, 5 in the Caribbean, and one
each from the South China Sea, the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of Aqaba near the Red Sea. Efforts to
promote accuracy and completeness include contacts with local sources to see if smaller earthquakes caused unreported small
tsunamis and a call for the preservation of maregrams and other data to fortify the record.
The Millennial Tsunami Catalog manuscript will be posted on a website for review before being published by the National
Geophysical Data Center early in the year 2000. After publication, additional tsunami reports, updates, and corrections will be added
to the online catalog. An up-to-date global historical catalog of tsunamis could thus be published directly when wanted.
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Charles S. McCreery
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Ewa Beach, Hawaii USA
Operational activities of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center can be classified into four major categories: collection and processing of
seismic data, collection and processing of water level data, decision making, and dissemination of message products. Over the past
few years significant improvements have been made or are underway in all these areas that are enabling PTWC to be faster, more
accurate, more reliable, and more effective. The amount and quality of continuous seismic waveform data received at PTWC has
increased substantially with the acquisition from the US Geological Survey of an Earthworm seismic data collection and processing
system, and establishment of high-speed dedicated digital links between PTWC, the West Coast / Alaska Tsunami Warning Center,
the National Earthquake Information Center, and the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory. Water level data in near real time are now being
received from five stations along the Pacific coast of Japan; two new stations are scheduled for installation this summer in the
Kuril-Kamchatka region; and ten new stations are being installed along the coast of Chile.
Development by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory of real-time-reporting deep-ocean pressure gauges is continuing, with
up to six gauges in the north and northwest Pacific planned for deployment over the next few years. Better and faster techniques for
estimating tsunamigenic potential and predicting impacts using seismic and water level data have recently been developed and are
being implemented in the decision-making process for warnings and cancellations. Message dissemination continues over
longstanding dedicated circuits such as GTS and AFTN, while new opportunities for sending both text and graphical information
over higher bandwidth and more widely available links such as the Internet and the Emergency Managers Weather Information
Network are being developed.
THE U.S. WEST COAST AND ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
Thomas J. Sokolowski
West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (ATWC) was established in Palmer, Alaska in 1967 as a direct result of the great Alaskan
earthquake that occurred in Prince William Sound on March 27, 1964. In 1996, the responsibility was expanded to include all
Pacific-wise tsunamigenic sources which could affect California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska coasts and the
center became the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WC/ATWC).
An on-going project at WC/ATWC is the prediction of tsunami amplitudes outside the tsunami generating area described in Science of
Tsunami Hazards 14, 147-166 (1996). The basic idea behind this technique is that pre-computed tsunami models can be scaled by
recorded tsunami amplitudes during an earthquake to give a reasonable amplitude estimate outside the source zone. Tsunami models
for moment magnitude 7.5, 8.2, 9.0 earthquakes have been computed along the Pacific plate boundary from Honshu, Japan to the
Cascadia subduction zone. The modeling technique was verified by comparison to historic tsunamis from different regions. At
present, the results from the scaled models are not distributed to the emergency officials during warnings, but are used only internally
as an aid in canceling or extending warnings.
Another current project at WC/ATWC is to receive tsunami data from the Pacific-wide tsunami sites via a satellite phone system. Due
to the current delay of 1 to 3 hours in receiving tide data from NOS gauges, selected windows of data can be received from these tide
sites using a satellite phone, antenna, PC computer and special hardware inserted into the current NOS field packages. This will
permit obtaining data from selected tide sites nearest the tsunami source.
WC/ATWC conducts a community preparedness program which provides advice and training sesssions to coastal citizens and
emergency managers to aid in pre-event planning. The aim of the program is to educate the public to help themselves if they are
caught in the middle of a violent earthquake and/or tsunami, and to be aware of the safety procedures, safe areas, and the limitation of
the Tsunami Warning System.
JAPANESE TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
Augustine S. Furumoto
Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Japan Meterological Agency, Tokyo, Japan
Construction Technology Institute, Tokyo, Japan
As Japan is a nation small in area and surrounded by seas, a potential threat of a destructive tsunami becomes a national event. The
Japan Meterological Agency, an agency of the national government, has the mandate to issue tsunami warnings. By using an archive
of precalculated tsunami scenarios, the agency can forecast wave heights for all the coasts of Japan, when the magnitude and epicenter
of the generating earthquake are known.
Tsunami warnings and forecasts start from the cabinet level of the national government and are transmitted through the various layers
of the national government, to the prefecture governments and eventually, in a matter of minutes, to the local governments.
Transmissions of the warning and forecasts from the local governments to the general public is done through a variety of media. The
response of the warning system to the Sea of Japan tsunami of July 12, 1993, was well documented and showed successes and
CARIBBEAN TSUNAMIS AND WARNING SYSTEM STATUS
James F. Lander, Lowell S. Whiteside, and Karen Fay O'Loughlin
National Geophysical Data Center
Boulder, Colorado USA
Greater numbers of civil defense and other pertinent personnel are becoming aware of the nature of the tsunami hazard in the
Caribbean. Interest is growing for establishing a warning system and creating plans for mitigation of damages, search and rescue
operations, and education of the public and key officials, coordinated among the numerous political divisions in the area, and perhaps
land use planning, engineering, and insurance programs. A history of prior occurrences and effects is key to understanding the local
nature of the hazard and for designing the most effective plan for warning and mitigation systems. We have submitted a paper,
``Caribbean Tsunamis: A 500 Year History, 1498 to 1998,'' with data on 88 Caribbean Tsunamis for publication.
The hope is to establish a warning system and general education on the nature of the hazard before the next disaster. Plans to establish
a region-wide Tsunami Warning System received a boost with the involvement of the IOC-IOCARIBE in planning, coordination, and
other assistance, beginning in 1996, at the May Caribbean Tsunami Workshop, held on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Because most
tsunamis are quite small, relatively rare, and do little damage, they have often been overlooked as a natural hazard until a disastrous
event occurs. The region has averaged about one damaging tsunami every 26 years, but since they have not had one in 53 years, a
destructive tsunamis is overdue. With the increase in population, tourism, coastal development, and also rising sea levels, the hazard
is greater. The 500-year history shows that tsunamis in the Caribbean have the potential to produce major regional or local disasters.
These can be mitigated through proper preparation.
The state of tsunami preparedness in the Caribbean today is similar to that in the Pacific prior to the establishment of the Pacific
Tsunami Warning System. Without a warning system little or nothing could be done to mitigate disaster. As many as 9600 fatalities
have been reported as due to tsunamis and tsunamigenic earthquakes in the Caribbean. The upcoming area-wide workshop organized
by the IOC-IOCARIBE, ``Intra-American Sea Tsunami Warning System,'' on April 24-26, 1999, at San Jose, Costa Rica, will set
the course of the Caribbean Warning System, helping to determine the tsunami hazard mitigation needs.
CONTEMPORARY ASSESSMENT OF TSUNAMI RISK AND IMPLICATIONS FOR EARLY WARNINGS
FOR AUSTRALIA AND ITS ISLAND TERRITORIES
Center for Earthquake Research, Indooroopilly, Australia
Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane, Australia
The natural hazard of tsunamis relative to Australia and its Island Territories has been perceived to be of little or no consequence --
and hence a small risk -- when compared to other more frequent natural disasters of meteorological origin, or even occasional
earthquakes. The historical record shows that tsunami damage, although rare, has occurred along the eastern seaboard (from the 1877
and 1960 Chile earthquakes), and northwest coast (from the 1883 Krakatoa (Indonesia) volcanic eruption and the 1977 and 1994
(Indonesia) earthquakes) of the continent. Because of the infrequent occurrences of tsunamis, they are little known and, in some
cases, have been forgotten. However there is a need for tsunami mitigation, because, as an island nation, Australia is totally
dependent on its coastal facilities for sustainable development, with more than 90% of the population domiciled in this environment.
Recent devastating tsunamis in the Pacific region emphasise this need.
As part of Australia's contribution to the United Nations IDNDR (1990-2000) program, Emergency Management Australia's IDNDR
Coordination Committee specifically directed one project to access the risk of tsunamis on the shorelines of Australia and its island
territories. A specific methodology was developed, invoking a multidisciplinary approach to quantitatively and qualitatively define the
hazard and the vulnerability, and then integrate these elements into a comprehensive risk assessment. More than 350 earthquakes and
specific submarine volcanoes and landslides were considered as possible tsunamigenic sources. In the period 1788 through 1995
more than 60 registrations on tide-gauge records were identified, together with anecdotal information. The outcomes have been
presented as an ``information resource'' in terms of hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment maps and commentaries,
comprehensive tsunami data base, maps of potential tsunamigenic sources, tsunami travel time charts and relationships between
relevant tsunami parameters.
These outcomes have been delineated in terms of proactive applications necessary to upgrade both tsunami warning procedures by the
Bureau of Meteorology and response actions through counter disaster planning by the emergency service authorities. As such,
Australia is currently developing its own regional tsunami warning system.
LANDSLIDE TSUNAMIS: GENERATION, DETECTION AND WARNING
Sin-Iti Iwasaki and Shoji Sakata
National Research Institute
The most remarkable difference of tsunami characteristics due to a landslide and an earthquake is the movement of the source region.
For a landslide, the source region moves horizontally. For an earthquake the source region (usually 100 kilometer or more wide) only
moves vertically, this volume change converted to sea surface. So the long wave approximation is valid for tsunamis generated by
earthquakes, but not for landslides.
A new simulaton method was developed for submarine landslide tsunamis based on the combination of analytical and numerical
calculations. The landslide results showed strong directivity compared with tsunamis generated by earthquakes.
For the detection and early warning for these tsunamis, it is necessary to observe not only tsunami wave heights but also its
directivity. For this purpose, the present status of tide gauge distribution even in the Pacific region is not adequate. I propose a cable
system using laser-tsunami meters. The total cost of the cable system including installation will be inexpensive compared with the
cable systems currently deployed around Japan.
DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMIS AND TSUNAMI WARNING IN CENTRAL AMERICA
CIGEFI, RSN:ICE-UCR San Jose, Costa Rica
Jens Havskov and Kuvert Atakan
University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
The Central American Coasts have been hit by nine destructive tsunamis during the last two centuries. Seven of these tsunamis are
from the Pacific and two from the Caribbean. Reported damages range from coastal and ship damage to destruction of small towns.
Almost 500 people have been killed by these tsunamis. The Pacific coast of Central America has higher tsunami hazard than the
Caribbean Coast. Tectonic environments that generate tsunamigenic earthquakes are the Middle American Trench, the
Polochic-Motagua Fault System and the North Panama Deformed Belt (NPDB).
A Tsunami Warning System for Central America has been designed. This system uses earthquake magnitude as the trigger for
tsunami warning. Three institutions are involved in this system: The Instituto de Estudios Territoriales de Nicaragua (INETER), the
Central American Seismological Center (CASC) and the National Emergency Office (NEO) of each country. CASC locates the
earthquake and determines the magnitude and sends the seismic information to INETER. This institution evaluates the seismic
information and decides if the earthquake has potential to generate a tsunami. In the event of a tsunamigenic earthquake INETER
issues a tsunami warning which is sent to the National Emergency Office (NEO). NEO activates the local emergency plan and takes
actions to protect coastal residents.
ISSUES RELATED TO LOCAL TSUNAMIS IN HAWAII
Daniel A. Walker
HIG - University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii USA
A review of historical data for locally generated tsunamis suggests average recurrence intervals of about 20 years for destructive
tsunamis, with the last such tsunami occurring in 1975. Preliminary modeling indicates that a large tsunami generated on the Kona
Coast could have significant destructive potential on other islands, especially on the south shore of Oahu. Unfortunately, the
recurrence interval for such large tsunamis on the Kona Coast is not known. In evaluating local warning system capabilities and
limitations, it should be noted that warnings based only on earthquake magnitudes will have an unacceptably high failure rate.
Incorporating conventional tide gauge readings into the decision making process with magnitude determinations may moderately
reduce this failure rate. An acceptable warning system will require (1) many more wave recorders than the three now present on the
Big Island; (2) modeling studies of wave heights or runups at instrumented sites for a suite of possible tsunamigenic earthquakes
along the Puna, Kau, and Kona coasts; (3) perhaps a new generation of tsunami detectors; and (4) automated warnings for highly
TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEMS IN THE U.S.A
Augustine S. Furumoto
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
In the U.S.A. tsunami warnings are issued by the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center and the Pacific Tsunami Warning
Center, but the practical task of informing the general populace and evacuating people from potential tsunami inundation areas are the
responsibility of state authorities. Of the various Pacific states, Hawaii has the most developed and proven tsunami warning and
evacuation system. The warning systems of other states -- Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington -- are at various stages of
approaching the Hawaii model.
A federal agency, the Pacific Marine Environmental laboratory, a division of NOAA, has established the National Tsunami Mitigation
Program to assist the states.
FINITE ELEMENT MODELING OF POTENTIAL CASCADIA SUBDUCTION ZONE TSUNAMIS
Edward P. Myers and Antonio M. Baptista
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology Portland, Oregon USA
George R. Priest
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Portland, Oregon USA
Evidence of historic Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis have prompted hydrodynamic modeling efforts
to identify potential flow patterns and coastal hazards for plausible future events. In this study we identify the methods used to derive
potential seismic source scenarios and present a thorough evaluation of finite element simulations of the tsunamis associated with
these scenarios. The first part of the paper deals with regional impacts of potential tsunamis, while the second part evaluates the fate
of the modeled waves from the local perspectives of Seaside and Newport, Oregon. Both parts are composed of physical as well as
numerical interpretations of the simulations.
Regional analyses of the simulations help identify the factors influencing the propagation of the waves from the source to the
coastline. The local analyses will then evaluate the fate of the tsunami waves as they interact with the coast line and the topography of
the land. Enough grid refinement is added to capture the dynamic intensity of the waves at local spatial scales. The physical
interpretation of both these results provides clues to the determining factors in the fate of tsunami waves. The numerical interpretation,
likewise, is a crucial component in helping to assess the usefulness of numerical models in evaluating and mitigating tsunami hazards.
The identification of the limits of a numerical model and how those limits can be minimized in turn allows the physical mechanisms to
be better represented and the mitigation to be more effective.
It is the mitigation, after all, which is the goal of a study such as this. For example, the state of Oregon is utilizing these results to
estimate potential inundation patterns resulting from Cascadia tsunamis. These patterns have been translated into inundation maps
identifying zones of low, medium, and high risk of flooding throughout coastal communities. The results presented for Seaside and
Newport, Oregon identify the physical characteristics of the waves responsible for inundation in those communities. Such results are
being used by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and NOAA to mitigate local tsunami hazards with
inundation maps and community awareness.
A comprehensive version of this work is available on the Science of Tsunami Hazards Web site at
http://www.ccalmr.ogi.edu/STH/online/volume 17/ number 1/mbp/.
CASCADIA PALEOTSUNAMIS: RECONSTRUCTING RECURRENCE AND RUNUP FROM LAKE
DEPOSITS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
Ian Hutchinson, John Clague, Rolf Mathewes
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
BC Geological Survey, Victoria, Canada
Tsunami run-up and recurrence may be reconstructed from sediment sequences in near-coastal lakes. We present a partial chronology
for tsunamis generated at the Cascadia subduction zone from an analysis of sediments in Kanim, Catala, Deserted, and Kakawis lakes
on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Basal marine sand, gravel and shell in these lakes are overlain successively
by fine-grained lagoonal sediments and freshwater gyttja. The change from a marine environment through an intertidal environment to
a freshwater one is the result of regional uplift at a rate of about 1 meter per thousand years.
Inferred tsunami deposits in the lagoonal sediments and gyttja consist of massive to graded sand or gravel overlain by, or interbedded
with, thin layers of forest detritus. The tsunami deposits commonly contain marine microfossil assemblages which are strikingly
different from the microfossil assemblages in the enclosing gyttja. As a result of regional uplift, the lakes progressively emerge above
the zone of tsunami influence. A complete tsunami history for northern Cascadia, therefore, requires systematic sampling of lakes
across a range of elevations. Currently we have evidence of major tsunami events dating from about 300, 1000-1400, 1600-1700 and
2700-2800 years ago. The overlap between these dates and the ages of inferred earthquakes at the Cascadia subduction zone suggests
that all of these tsunamis were locally generated. Calculations of runup for these events are complicated by local variations in
shoreline configuration, and the fact that the distance between the lake and the sea commonly increases as the lake emerges, but initial
estimates suggest that runup magnitudes on the outer coast average less than 5 meters.
TSUNAMI MITIGATION FOR THE CITY OF SUVA, FIJI
Center for Earthquake Research, Indooroopilly, Australia
Gajendra Prasad, Ato Kaloumaira
Republic of Fiji, Suva, Fiji
At about 12:30 p.m. (local time) on September 14, 1953, the city of Suva was devastated by an ML 6.5 earthquake and associated
tsunami of local origin. The earthquake source was about 25 km SW of Suva and the tsunami generation was attributed to submarine
landslides (turbidity currents). The main industrial area and shore and harbour facilites of Suva were severly damaged. As part of the
UNDHA - South Pacific Programme Office ``South Pacific Disaster Reduction Programme'', within the auspices of the Pacific
Region IDNDR and the 1994 Yokohoma Statement, the ``Suva Earthquake Risk Management Scenario Pilot Project'' (SERMP) was
faciliated for the Government of the Republic of Fiji. SERMP considered mitigation measures for both earthquake and tsunami
impacting upon the city of Suva, with the scenario event based on the real experience of the 1953 Suva earthquake and tsunami.
A specific tsunami mitigation methodology was developed involving a multidisciplinary approach with multi-agency cooperation to
address in both quantitative and qualitative terms, the premise
RISK = HAZARD X VULNERABILITY
and then integrate the assessments in terms of Fiji's emergency management requirements.
The outcomes include hazard, vulnerability and risk zonation maps with associated commentaries, estimates of relevant tsunami
parameters and possible damage situations. It was concluded that a significant risk of a local tsunami does exist for the city of Suva
and its harbour environs. Practical applications of these results, in terms of community vulnerability and reduction of potential losses,
and including a simulated tsunami exercise, have been a major element in this project. This information resource has been
implemented for Fiji's National Disaster Management Office in terms of disaster planning, response actions, training and community
education. Currently, Fiji is developing its own regional tsunami warning system. Recent tsunami disasters, like that in Papua New
Guinea in July 1998, serve to reinforce the vital need for mitigation measures in these vulnerable coastal communities of Pacific
THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI MUSEUM: A Memorial to Those Lost to Tsunamis and An Education Center to
Prevent Future Casualities
Walter C. Dudley
University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii USA
In spite of significant advances in our understanding of the science of tsunamis, the basic facts about the dangers of tsunami waves
are not understood by the general public. Tsunamis are the most deadly natural disaster facing those living in the Hawaiian Islands,
having resulted in some 291 fatalities since 1837. The town of Hilo in particular has suffered great destruction and loss of life with
177 victims, therefore making it an appropriate site for a museum focused on tsunamis.
In mid-1998 the Pacific Tsunami Museum opened in downtown Hilo. The museum has two goals: (1) to preserve the local history of
tsunamis in Hawaii as a memorial to those lost, and (2) to prevent future loss of life from tsunami waves by fostering tsunami
education, preparedness, and other mitigating measures. These two goals are compatible and produce a powerful synergism. The
local history of tsunamis in Hawaii contains many true stories of tragedy, sacrifice and heroism, as well as accurate descriptions of
the tsunami run-up phase. It is the power of these true stories as told by the survivors themselves which has the ability to capture the
imagination and educate audiences of residents and visitors who most need to understand the danger of tsunamis.
Funded by private donations and a grant from FEMA, the museum is currently planning a dozen permanent exhibits to be installed by
the end of 1999. An ambitious outreach program is already underway and includes development of curriculum packages for all public
and private schools statewide, plus specialized literature targeted at specific groups including surfers, boaters, visitors, businesses
occupying inundation areas, etc.
The museum has established an archive collection of photographs, films, videos, and artifacts, which will be made available to other
educational organizations around the world, and has already assisted in the production of television documentaries aired nationally
including those produced by the National Geographic Society, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. A tsunami education
special was produced by KGMB-TV and shown in Hawaii during Tsunami Awareness Month. Future plans for exhibits, educational
programs, and possible alliances with the tsunami research community will be discussed.
TSUNAMIS ON THE COAST LINES OF INDIA
T. S. Murty
Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers
Sadashiv Peth, Puna, India
Although the majority of the reported tsunamis are from littoral countries of the Pacific Ocean, there are a few cases of tsunamis in the
Indian Ocean. The approximate length of the Indian coast is about 6000 kilometers. The coasts run from north to south and have two
arms in the east and west with a tapering end at Kanyakumari. The tsunamigenic earthquakes occur mostly at the following three
locations; (1) The Andaman sea, (2) Area about 400-500 kilometers SSW of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), (3) The Arabian Sea about 70-100
kilometers south of Pakistan Coast -- off Karachi and Baluchistan. The oldest record of tsunami is available from November 326 BC
earthquake near the Indus delta/Kutch region. Alexander the Great was returning to Greece after his conquest and wanted to go back
by a sea route. But an earthquake of large magnitude destroyed the mighty Macedonian fleet as reported by Lietzin (1974).
The earliest record of tsunami is reported to be about 1.5 meters at Chennai (formerly Madras) which was created due to the August
8, 1883 Krakatoa volcanic explosion in Indonesia. An earthquake of magnitude 8.25 occurred about 70 kilometers south of Karachi
(Pakistan) at 24.5 N and 63.0 E on November 27, 1945. This created a large tsunami of about 11.0 to 11.5 meters high on the coasts
of India in the Kutchch region, as reported by Pendse (1945). An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 occurred in the Andaman Sea at 12.9
N and 92.5 E on June 26, 1941 and a tsunami hit the east coast of India. As per non-scientific/journalistic sources, the height of the
tsunami was of the order of 0.75 to 1.25 meters. At the time no tide gauge was in operation. Mathematical calculations suggest that
the height could be of the order of 1.0 meter. There are a few more cases of earthquakes of magnitude less than 8.0 which have given
rise to some smaller tsunamis. Bapat, et al (1983) have reported a few more earthquakes on the coast of Myanmar (formerly Burma).
PALEOTSUNAMIS ALONG THE AUSTRALIAN COAST
James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
The Australian continent has not been impacted by large or devastating tsunamis since European colonization over 200 years ago. As
a consequence this country is normally viewed as largely protected from impact of, or too far removed from the source of these
Considerable evidence exists, however, to show that very large waves have struck the coast of Australia in the relatively recent past.
This evidence occurs along the eastern, northern and western Australian shores and also occurs within seemingly protected areas such
as along the mainland coast inside the Great Barrier Reef in northeast Queensland and within the Gulf of Carpentaria which is an
epicontinental sea with a maximum depth of 60 meters. The evidence is in the form of shell and coral deposits on top of headlands
many tens of meters in height, sand deposits containing large boulders, shell and coral 20 - 30 meters above modern sea level and
several kilometers inland, fields of large imbricated boulders across shore platforms and sculptured bedrock forms. The size of the
transported boulders together with numerical modeling, and the heights above sea level of these deposits suggests that tsunamis are
responsible as opposed to large storm waves. The orientation of boulders and bedform deposits provide paleowave directions for
much of the continent's coast allowing reasonable estimation of the source and possible generating mechanism of the tsunami. Carbon
dating of these deposits show that at least two very large tsunami events have occurred along this coast during the last millennium.
GEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL RECORDS OF TSUNAMIS: THE IMPORTANCE OF DATA
INTEGRATION WITH REFERENCE TO SOME TSUNAMIS IN GREECE
Conventry, United Kingdom
This paper provides information concerning an effective methodology of investigating past tsunami events developed following the
geological investigation of recent, historical and paleohistoric tsunamis in the Aegean Sea region of Greece. The methodology
described includes the use of contemporary and historical records, recent scientific publications, eye-witness accounts,
geomorphological mapping and analyses and laboratory analysis of tsunami-deposited sediments. From the data presented, it will be
seen that a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of individual tsunami events is preferable because either insufficient or
misleading evidence may be obtained when only one method is used.
The paper describes how geomorphology may be used to infer the magnitude and likely effects of coastal tsunami flooding.
Additionally, the paper considers the accuracy of historical records of individual tsunami flood events and how inaccurate recording
can have important implications for disaster preplanning and coastal vulnerability reduction. The Aegean tsunamis of September 29,
1650 and July 9, 1956 are used to illustrate the methodology described. Data are also presented which indicate that it is possible to
distinguish episodes of coastal tsunami flooding within the long-term geological record on the basis of the microfossil (Foraminifera)
assemblage. Such analysis may assist in the reconstruction of the number of paleotsunami events with specific coastal areas providing
a valuable predictive tool for future tsunami recurrence.
METHODS OF CALCULATION OF TSUNAMI RISK
George D. Curtis
University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii USA
Efim N. Pelinovsky
Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny, Novgorod, Russia
A hazard is a potentially perilous event, such as a tsunami, while risk is the probability that the hazard will occur repeatedly and affect
a specified population. Risk includes the frequency of occurrence, exposure, and magnitude. The International Decade for Disaster
Reduction has focussed attention on assessing and mitigating the risk of tsunamis. Statistical and scenario methods of determining
risk for rare and more common events are discussed. The problems of warning are considered, and a matrix illustrating the most
effective use of research, mitigation, and warning programs is presented. Emphasis is on public safety, with due consideration of
public property factors. Examples of evaluation of relative risk are provided.
Proceedings will be published in special issues of Science of Tsunami Hazards . The meeting will be held at the University of Hawaii East-West Conference Center. Inexpensive rooms will be available near the East-West Center. The registration fee is 150 U.S. Dollars for Tsunami Society members, 300 Dollars for others.
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