Natural Hazards

, Volume 97, Issue 3, pp 1413–1416 | Cite as

Short communication: Recognising the perils of landslide-generated tsunamis in the Asia–Pacific region

  • James P. Terry
  • James GoffEmail author
  • Nigel Winspear
  • Vena Pearl Bongolan
Short Communication


Two recent tsunamis in Indonesia highlight the importance of submarine landslides. Although both events had different origins (volcanic, seismic), submarine landsliding was probably the key component in tsunamigenesis. While a few recent submarine landslide-generated tsunamis have been discussed in the literature, these types of events have not been seriously scrutinised by geoscientists or hazard modellers. This is most likely because of both a lack of awareness and also the common perception that such events are too remote a possibility to be of major concern. However, by catching us off-guard, these two Indonesian events have brought slope-failure tsunamigenesis into sharper focus. It is hoped that this will stimulate greater scholarship on the issue of slope-failure tsunamigenesis worldwide, with an aim to better understanding event characteristics, probabilities, and ultimately better inform existing risk reduction strategies.


Tsunamigenesis Submarine landslides Asia–Pacific region Hazard Risk 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Natural and Health SciencesZayed UniversityDubaiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.PANGEA Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesUNSW SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.CATRISX Services Ltd.WokingUK
  4. 4.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of the Philippines DilimanQuezon CityPhilippines

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