Inundation during the 26 December 2004 Tsunami

Costas Emmanuel Synolakis*, Jose C. Borrero, Hermann Fritz, Vasily Titov, Emile Okal

*Corresponding author for this work

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We summarize findings and observations from the field surveys conducted in the aftermath of the 26 December 2004 tsunami. This was the first tsunami with transoceanic impact, since comprehensive post-event hydrodynamic surveys began to be conducted in the early 1990s, with modern measurement tools. Eighteen nations were directly affected: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Oman, Yemen, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, the Maldives, the Comoros, Rodrigues, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles. The death toll included citizens from many other countries in Asia, Europe, the South Pacific, and the Americas, giving this tsunami the grim distinction of being the first universal natural disaster of modern times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2006, ICCE 2006
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789812706362
StatePublished - 2007
Event30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2006 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 3 2006Sep 8 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)0161-3782


Other30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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