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Sandy signs of a tsunami's onshore depth and speed

January 1, 2007

Tsunamis rank among the most devastating and unpredictable natural hazards to affect coastal areas. Just 3 years ago, in December 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami caused more than 225,000 deaths. Like many extreme events, however, destructive tsunamis strike rarely enough that written records span too little time to quantify tsunami hazard and risk. Tsunami deposits preserved in the geologic record have been used to extend the record of tsunami occurrence but not the magnitude of past events. To quantify tsunami hazard further, we asked the following question: Can ancient deposits also provide guidance on the expectable water depths and speeds for future tsunamis?

Citation Information

Publication Year 2007
Title Sandy signs of a tsunami's onshore depth and speed
DOI 10.1029/2007EO520001
Authors K. Huntington, J. Bourgeois, G. Gelfenbaum, P. Lynett, B. Jaffe, H. Yeh, R. Weiss
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Series Number
Index ID 70031656
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coastal and Marine Geology Program