The Underrated Hazard (Second Edition)

  • Edward Bryant

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Tsunami as a known hazard

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-26
    3. Pages 27-47
  3. Tsunami-formed landscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
  4. Causes of tsunami

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Pages 179-216
    3. Pages 217-229
    4. Pages 231-269
  5. Modern risk of tsunami

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Pages 273-298
    3. Pages 299-307
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 309-330

About this book


Tsunami: The Underrated Hazard, 2nd Edition, comprehensively describes the nature and process of tsunami formation, outlines field evidence for detecting the presence of past events, and describes notable events linked to earthquakes, volcanoes, submarine landslides, and comet impacts. The author provides a clear approach to the study of tsunami, through dynamics, impact on coastlines, and overviews of the various major mechanisms of tsunami generation. Liberal case studies and examples highlight the significance of this underrated natural hazard for coastal societies. In particular, Dr Bryant studies in detail the great tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004, making it one of the largest natural disasters to occur in recorded history.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I considers tsunami as a known hazard, starting in Chapter 1 with legends and stories and questioning whether they are scientific fact or legend. Dr Bryant looks at the causes of tsunami, their distribution and fatalities in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand and Australia as well as in bays, fjords, inland seas and lakes. Chapter 2 studies the dynamics of tsunami, their characteristics, the wave theory and the run-up and inundation. In Part II tsunami-formed landscapes are examined, showing both the depositional and erosional signatures of tsunami in the coastal landscape, including chevrons and dune bedforms. The coastal landscape evolution is looked at in Chapter 4, comparing catastrophism against uniformitarianism and tsunami versus storms. Examples and types of coastal landscapes created by tsunami, particularly in Australia, Grand Cayman, the Bahamas and Chilean coast are also given. Part III looks at the main causes of tsunami: earthquakes, great landslides, volcanic eruptions and comets and meteorites. The modern risk of tsunami is covered in Part IV, detailing locations and avoidance, including warning systems. Dr Bryant ends this unique study of a fascinating subject with five stories of different tsunamis.


Coast Coastal attrition Earthquake Hazard Indian Ocean Natural disaster Ocean Oceanography Pacific Ocean Tsunami marine

Authors and affiliations

  • Edward Bryant
    • 1
  1. 1.Science Faculty OfficeUniversity of WollongongAustralia

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