The 2011 Tohoku earthquake generated a catastrophic tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people along the coast of Japan and caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The tsunami propagated throughout the Pacific Ocean and also affected many other countries, including Russia, the USA, New Zealand, French Polynesia and Chile, demonstrating once again the terrible threat that tsunami waves pose for Pacific countries and the need for basin-wide international scientific collaboration.
Following a brief introduction, this volume presents 21 scientific papers, including 12 on aspects of the 2011 Tohoku event. A first group of papers provides detailed field survey results from the coasts of Japan and Russia and examines the wave dynamics on the basis of these surveys, the source mechanism of the earthquake, and the far-field impacts of the Tohoku tsunami. The second group reports on the 2012 tsunamis in El Salvador, the Philippines, off the east coast of Honshu and the landmark Haida Gwaii event off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, while the papers in a third set discuss a number of remaining challenging questions in tsunami science and warning.
The volume will be of interest to scientists and practitioners involved in all aspects of tsunamis from earthquake source processes to transoceanic wave propagation and coastal impacts. Postgraduate students in geophysics, oceanography and coastal engineering - as well as those in the broader geosciences, civil and environmental engineering - will also find the book a valuable resource, as it combines recent case studies with the latest advances in tsunami science and natural hazards mitigation.
Dr. Alexander B. Rabinovich, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Sidney, BC, Canada
Prof. Jose Borrero, Tsunami Research Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA , USA
Prof. Hermann Fritz, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to "Tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean: 2011-2012" by A.B. Rabinovich, J.C. Borrero and H.M. Fritz.- I. 2011 TOHOKU.- FIELD (Coast of Japan).- 2. Tsunami heights along the Pacific coast of northern Honshu from the 2011 Tohoku and past great earthquakes by Y. Tsuji, K. Satake, T. Ishibe, T. Harada, A. Nishiyama and S. Kusumoto.- 3. Short wave amplification and extreme runup by the 2011 Tohoku tsunami by T. Shimozono, H. Cui, J.D. Pietrzak, H.M. Fritz, A. Okayasu, and A.J. Hooper.- 4. Delayed survey of the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami in the former exclusion zone in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture by S. Sato, A. Okayasu, H. Yeh, H.M. Fritz, Y. Tajima, and T. Shimozono.- SEISMIC.- 5. Seismic regime in the vicinity of the 2011 Tohoku mega earthquake (Japan, Mw=9) by M.V. Rodkin and I.N. Tikhonov.- 6. The Great Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan: A critical review and evaluation of the tsunami source mechanism by G. Pararas-Carayannis.- 6a Corrigendum to "The Great Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan: A critical review and evaluation of the tsunami source mechanism" by G. Pararas-Carayannis .- 7. Tsunami Forecast by Joint Inversion of Real-Time Tsunami Waveforms and Seismic or GPS Data: Application to the Tohoku 2011 Tsunami by Y. Wei, V.V. Titov, A.V. Newman, G.P. Hayes, and L. Tang.- RUSSIAN COAST.- 8. The Tohoku tsunami of 11 March 2011: The key event to understand tsunami sedimentation on the coasts of closed bays of the Lesser Kuril Islands by N.G. Razjigaeva, L.A. Ganzey, T.A. Grebennikova, E.D. Ivanova, A.A. Kharlamov, V.M. Kaistrenko, Kh.A. Arslanov, and S.B. Chernov.- 9. Characteristics of the 2011 Great Tohoku tsunami on the Russian Far East coast: Deep-water and coastal observations by G. Shevchenko, T. Ivelskaya and Artem Loskutov.- FAR-FIELD EFFECTS.- 10. Marshall Islands fringing reef and atoll lagoon observations of the Tohoku tsunami by M. Ford, J.M. Becker, M.A. Merrifield and Y.T. Song.- 11. Waves and currents in Hawaii waters induced by the dispersive 2011 Tohoku tsunami by H. Zhou, Y. Wei, L. Wright and V.V. Titov.- 12. Observed and Modeled Currents from the Tohoku-oki, Japan and other recent tsunamis in northern California by A. Admire, L. Dengler, G. Crawford, B. Uslu, J. Borrero, D. Greer, J. Montoya and R. Wilson.- 13. Excitation of basin-wide modes of the Pacific Ocean following the 11 March 2011 Tohoku tsunami by M. Heidarzadeh and K. Satake.- II. NEW TSUNAMIS.- AUGUST 2012 EL SALVADOR AND PHILIPPINES.- 14. Observations and modeling of the August 27, 2012 earthquake and tsunami affecting El Salvador and Nicaragua by J. Borrero, N. Kalligeris, P.J. Lynett, H.M Fritz, A.V. Newman, and J.A. Convers.- 15. The El Salvador and Philippines tsunamis of August 2012: insights from sea level data analysis and numerical modeling by M. Heidarzadeh and K. Satake.- OCTOBER 2012 HAIDA GWAII.- 16. An overview of the October 28, 2012 Mw 7.7 earthquake in Haida Gwaii, Canada: A tsunamigenic thrust event along a predominantly strike-slip margin by J.F. Cassidy, G.C. Rogers, and R.D. Hyndman.- 17. Field survey following the 28 October 2012 Haida Gwaii tsunami by L. Leonard and J. Bednarski.- DECEMBER 2012 JAPAN.- 18. Impact of near-field, deep-ocean tsunami observations on forecasting the December 7, 2012 Japanese tsunami by E. Bernard, L. Tang, Y. Wei, and V. Titov.- III. TSUNAMI SCIENCE.- 19. Relationship between maximum tsunami amplitude and duration of signal by Y.T. Kim and P. Whitmore.- 20. Forecasting wave amplitudes after the arrival of a tsunami by D. Nyland and P. Huang.- 21. Displaced water volume, potential energy of initial elevation and tsunami intensity: analysis of recent tsunami events by M. Nosov, A. Bolshakova, and S. Kolesov.- 22. Tsunami recurrence function: structure, methods of creation, and application for tsunami hazard estimates by V. Kaistrenko.
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