The Underrated Hazard (Third Edition

Edward Bryant

TSUNAMI: The Underrated Hazard (Third Edition) Tsunami are underrated as major hazards, as it is wrongly believed that they occur infrequently and only along some distant shoreline. Yet evidence for past great tsunami has recently been discovered along apparently aseismic and protected coastlines, such as those of Australia and Western Europe. With a large proportion of the world's population living in coastal regions, the threat from tsunami cannot be ignored.

This third 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 and Japan on 11 March 2011. With a wealth of case studies and examples, the book describes the nature and process of tsunami formation, outlines field evidence for detecting the presence of past events, and describes notable events linked to earthquakes, volcanoes, submarine landslides, and comet impacts. It provides a clear, referenced approach to the study of tsunami, through dynamics, impact on coastlines, and overviews of the various major mechanisms of tsunami generation.

Table of Contents


Part I Tsumami as a Known Hazard
1. Introduction
2. Tsunami Dynamics

Part II Tsunami-Formed Landscapes
3. Signatures of Tsunami in the Coastal Landscape
4. Coastal Landscape Evolution

Part III Causes of Tsunami
5. Earthquake-Generated Tsunami
6. Great Earthquake-Generated Events
7. Great Landslides
8. Volcanic Eruptions
9. Comets and Asteroids

Part IV Modern Risk of Tsunami
10. Risk and avoidance
11. Epilogue


Extent: 222 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2014
ISBN: 978-3-319-06132-0

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