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National Academies Report on nation’s tsunami preparedness released on 17 September 2010

The National Research Council of the National Academies released a long awaited report on the nation’s ability to detect tsunamis. According to it, while our ability has improved in the last few years, many coastal communities remain at risk because … Continue reading

Chile, 27 February 2010

The 27 February 2010 Chilean earthquake generated a large transpacific tsunami and controversy as to what some have referred to as overly conservative warning issued for Hawaii and Japan. Continue reading

Haiti, 12 January 2010

The 12 January 2010 Haitian earthquake killed over 220,000 people, but also generated a deadly tsunami. Continue reading

Solomon Islands, 3 January 2010

An International Tsunami Survey team by Professor Hermann Fritz and Nikos Kalligeris surveyed the impact of the tsunami from Jan 11-17. Continue reading

Anniversary of the 2004 Megatsunami – goes largely unnoticed

The 5 year anniversary of the 26 December 2004 tsunami came and passed without much fanfare. We were all painfully reminded of tsunamis within the first two months of 2010 with the Solomon Islands, Haitian and Chilean tsunamis, that combined may have killed over 400 people, largely unnecessarily, given that tsunami preparedness works, and forecast technology is now available. Continue reading

Second Generation of Tsunami Inundation Maps for California

The second generation of tsunami inundation maps for the State of California were released on December 17, 2009 at a press conference at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, California. The maps are a product of a collaboration … Continue reading

Samoa, 29 September 2009

A shallow earthquake of magnitude 8.3 has occurred south of Samoa, in the general region where the 1918 Samoa earthquake occurred. A tsunami was generated and measured 1.5m in the Pago Pago tide gage. Continue reading

Choking on carbon emissions from Greek academic paperwork

Choking on carbon emissions from Greek academic paperwork

Tsunami inundation modeling for western Sumatra

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Sumatra, 12 September 2007

USC Tsunami Research Center has performed numerical simulations for this event based on preliminary earthquake information. The modeling results suggest at least 2 m runup in various locations along the southern coast of Sumatra. This is an initial bulletin and will be updated periodically. Tsunami runup and wave height distribution are shown in the plot below. Continue reading