At a global scale, tsunamis are relatively infrequent when compared with hurricanes or storm surges, but they are among our most destructive and deadly natural disasters, and their impact will become greater as human populations continue to rise substantially in coastal cities.
Tsunamis triggered by the partial collapse of the Caribbean Monserrat volcano 13,000 years ago, would have been much smaller than previously thought, according to research published soon in Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems.
By restoring historic tide gauge data from Malta and making it available to the public, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the UKHO hope to shed new light on past tsunamis and climate change in the Mediterranean.
Anyone who watched the recent documentary ‘Could we survive a Mega-Tsunami?’ can be forgiven for looking for property on higher ground, as it made for pretty terrifying viewing! Giant computer-generated waves aside, just what is the risk to the UK from landslides on the flanks of volcanoes in the Canary Islands?
The risk posed by tsunami waves generated by Canary Island landslides may need to be re-evaluated, according to researchers at the National Oceanography Centre. Their findings suggest that these landslides result in smaller tsunami waves than previously thought by some authors, because of the processes involved.
The National Oceanography Centre has played host to an international meeting of more than 60 experts working in the fields of earthquakes, sea level, risk assessment, tsunami warning systems and civil protection.