Tsunami and its hazard in the indian and pacific oceans: Introduction

K. Satake*, E. A. Okal, J. C. Borrero

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The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused an estimated 230,000 casualties, the worst tsunami disaster in history. A similar-sized tsunami in the Pacific Ocean, generated by the 1960 Chilean earthquake, commenced international collaborations on tsunami warning systems, and in the tsunami research community through the Tsunami Commission of International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. The IUGG Tsunami Commission, established in 1960, has been holding the biannual International Tsunami Symposium (ITS). This volume contains selected papers mostly presented at the 22nd ITS, held in the summer of 2005. This introduction briefly summarizes the progress of tsunami and earthquake research as well as international cooperation on tsunami warning systems and the impact of the 2004 tsunami. Brief summaries of each paper are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalPure and Applied Geophysics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • IUGG Tsunami Commission
  • Indian Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Seismology
  • Sumatra-Andaman earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Tsunami warning system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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