Tsunami hazard – learning from recent events

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Professor David Tappin

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As recently as the 1980s, very few of us knew much, if anything about tsunamis. Although we have records of discussion of the phenomenon dating back millennia – for example, in 426 BC the Greek historian Thucydides suggested that ocean earthquakes were the cause – they had barely penetrated the general Western consciousness.

During the past 10-15 years there have been a number of disastrous tsunamis that have led to the deaths of over 250,000 people. 220,000 people perished in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, and in 2011 almost 20,000 people died in Japan. In Europe, the hazard from a tsunami is small, although there were significant events 8,200 years ago and in 1755. All these events have led us to better understand the tsunami hazard and how we can mitigate it.

In this talk Professor David Tappin explains how these developments have come about and their future applications.


Professor David Tappin
Tsunami Scientist, University College London and British Geological Survey

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