, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 1369–1377 | Cite as

The hydrodynamics of landslide tsunamis: current analytical models and future research directions

  • Emiliano Renzi
  • Paolo Sammarco
Review Article


Landslide-generated tsunamis are lesser-known yet equally destructive than earthquake tsunamis. Indeed, the highest tsunami wave recorded in recent history was generated by a landslide in Lituya Bay (Alaska, July 9, 1958) and produced run-up in excess of 400 m. In this paper, we review the state of the art of landslide tsunami analytical modelling. Within the framework of a linearised shallow-water theory, we illustrate the dynamics of landslide tsunami generation and propagation along beaches and around islands. Finally, we highlight some intriguing new directions in the analytical modelling of landslide tsunamis to support early warning systems.


Landslide tsunamis Analytical modelling Fluid dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Computer Science EngineeringUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

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