The Megatsunami of December 26 2004

C. E. Synolakis, Emile A Okal, Eddie Bernard

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From 1992 to 2002, tsunamis in the wake of large, but not gigantic, earthquakes, caused significant damage to coastal areas about once a year. These tsunamis resulted in more than 3,000 fatalities, 2,100 in 1998 alone from the catastrophic tsunami in Papua New Guinea. But these events were dwarfed by the December 26, 2004, megatsunami, with a final death toll that may exceed 230,000. By some accounts, the death toll is higher than for all other tsunamis in the past 300 years combined.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-35
Number of pages10
JournalThe Bridge
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


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