Paleotsunami research

TitlePaleotsunami research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRhodes B, Tuttle MP, Horton BP, Doner L, Kelsey HM, Nelson AR, Cisternas M
JournalEos
Volume87
Issue21
Pagination205-209
Date Published05/2006
Abstract

The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 shows poignantly that catastrophic tsunamis are too infrequent for their hazard to be characterized by historical records alone. Long-term geologic records provide opportunities to assess tsunami hazards more fully. Telltale deposits left by tsunamis help assess water depth and velocity of past inundations, estimate source locations, and aid in understanding how tsunamis affect the ecology and geomorphology of coastlines. Dated deposits allow estimates of times and recurrence intervals of past tsunamis. Such information guides mitigation efforts and may reduce losses from future tsunamis.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2006EO210002/full
DOI10.1029/2006EO210002