The Underrated Hazard (Second Edition)

Edward Bryant

TSUNAMI 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 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 for detecting the presence of past events, and describes notable events linked to earthquakes, volcanoes, submarine landslides, and comet impacts. It provides a clear approach to the study of tsunami, through dynamics, impact on coastlines, and overviews of the various major mechanisms of tsunami generation.

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of symbols
List of abbreviations and acronyms

  PART I Tsunami 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 landslides
  7.  Volcanic eruptions
  8.  Comets and asteroids
  PART IV Modern risk of tsunami
  9.  Risk and avoidance
 10. Epilogue


Extent: 368 pages, 8-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2008 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-3-540-74273-9

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