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Tsunami : the underrated hazard

Author: Edward Bryant
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis, ©2008.
Series: Springer-Praxis books in geophysical sciences.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This second edition of Tsunami: The Underrated Hazard has been comprehensively updated to include detailed descriptions of tsunami which have impacted on the world's coastlines over the past few years, in particular, the great tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004. With a wealth of case studies and examples, the book describes the nature and process of tsunami formation, outlines field evidence  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2007937938
(OCoLC)212893487
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Bryant
ISBN: 9783540742739 3540742735 9783540742746 3540742743
OCLC Number: 212893487
Description: ix, 330 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgements --
List of figures --
List of tables --
List of symbols --
List ofabbreviations and acronyms --
pt. 1. Tsunami as a known hazard --
[ch]. 1. Introduction --
Introduction --
Five stories --
1. An Aboriginal legend --
2. The Kwenaitchechat Legend, Pacific Northwest --
3. Krakatau, August 27, 1883 --
4. Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland, November 18, 1929 --
5. Papua New Guinea, July 17, 1998 --
Scientific fact or legends? --
Causes of tsunami --
Distribution and fatalities --
Mediterranean Sea --
Caribbean Sea --
Pacific Ocean Region (including Indonesia) --
New Zealand and Australia --
Bays, fjords, inland seas, and lakes --
Meteorological phenomena, freak waves, and storm surges --
[ch]. 2. Tsunami dynamics --
Introduction --
Tsunami characteristics --
Tsunami wave theory --
Resonance --
Shallow-water, long-wave theory --
Run-up and inundation --
Run-up --
Inland penetration --
Depth and velocity at shore --
pt. 2. Tsunami-formed landscapes. [ch]. 3. Signatures of tsunami in the coastal landscape --
Introduction --
Depositional signatures of tsunami --
Buried sand or anomalous sediment layers --
Formaminifera and diatoms --
Boulder floaters in sand --
Dump deposits --
Mounds and ridges --
Chevrons and dune bedforms --
Smear deposits --
Large boulders and piles of imbricated boulders --
Turbidites --
Erosional signatures of tsunami --
Small-scale features --
Large-scale features --
Flow dynamics --
[ch]. 4. Coastal landscape evolution --
Introduction --
Catastrophism vs. uniformitarianism --
Tsunami vs. storms --
The nature of tsunami vs. storm deposits --
Movement of boulders --
Types of coastal landscapes created by tsunami --
Sandy barrier coasts --
Deltas and alluvial plains --
Rocky coasts --
Atolls --
Examples of tsunami-generated landscapes : Australia --
South coast of New South Wales --
Cairns Coast, Northeast Queensland --
Northwest West Australia --
Other examples of tsunami-generated landscapes --
Grand Cayman --
Bahamas --
Chilean coast. pt. 3. Causes of tsunami --
[ch]. 5. Earthquake-generated tsunami --
Introduction --
Seismic waves --
Magnitude scales for earthquakes and tsunami --
Earthquake magnitude scales --
Tsunami earthquakes --
Tsunami magnitude scales --
Seismic gaps and tsunami occurrence --
Relationships between earthquakes and tsunami --
How earthquakes generate tsunami --
Linking tsunami run-up to earthquake magnitude --
Large historical tsunamigenic earthquakes --
Lisbon, November 1, 1755 --
Chile, May 22, 1960 --
Alaska, March 27, 1964 --
Events of the 1990s --
Slow Nicaraguan tsunami earthquake of September 2, 1992 --
Flores, December 12, 1992 --
The Hokkaido Nansei-Oki tsunami of July 12, 1993 --
Papua New Guinea, July 17, 1998 --
The Indian Ocean tsunami, December 26, 2004 --
[ch]. 6. Great landslides --
Introduction --
Causes of submarine landslides --
How submarine landslides generate tsunami --
Historical tsunami attributable to landslides --
The Lituya Bay landslide of July 9, 1958 --
Grand Banks tsunami, November 18, 1929 --
Geological events --
Hawaiian landslides --
The Canary Islands --
The Storegga slide of 7950 BP --
Bristol Channel, U.K., January 30, 1607 --
The risk in the world's oceans --
Other volcanic islands --
Other topography. [ch]. 7. Volcanic eruptions --
Introduction --
Causes of volcano-induced tsunami --
Krakatau, August 26-27, 1883 --
Santorini, around 1470 BC --
[ch]. 8. Comets and asteroids --
Introduction --
Near Earth objects (NEOs) --
What are they? --
How frequent have comet and asteroid impacts been? --
How do extraterrestrial objects generate tsunami? --
Mechanisms for generating tsunami --
Size of tsunami --
Geological events --
Hypothesized frequency --
Chicxulub, the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T) extinction event --
Other events --
Deluge Comet impact event 8,200 ± 200 years ago --
The Mahuika Comet impact event and eastern Australia --
Geological evidence for mega-tsunami --
Maori legends supporting a cosmogenic event --
Aboriginal legends supporting a cosmogenic event --
Timing of Mahuika --
Events in the Kimberley, Western Australia --
Legends supporting cosmogenic tsunami --
Field evidence. pt. 4. Modern risk of tsunami --
[ch]. 9. Risk and avoidance --
Introduction --
What locations along a coast are at risk from tsunami? --
Warning systems --
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center --
Flaws in regional warning systems --
Localized tsunami warning systems --
How long have you got? --
Where should you go if there is a tsunami warning? --
What if it is an asteroid or comet? --
Is it all that bad? The case of Sydney --
[ch]. 10. Epilogue --
Five stories --
1. An unsuspected earthquake --
2. An unassuming earthquake --
3. A submarine landslide --
4. A volcanic eruption --
5. An astroid impact with the ocean --
Concluding comments --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in geophysical sciences.
Responsibility: Edward Bryant.
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There have been three recent large tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, notably that of 26 December 2004 which killed more than 238,000 people. Few scientists were aware that the Indian Ocean was  Read more...

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