The 26 December 2004 Sumatra Tsunami: Analysis of Tide Gauge Data from the World Ocean Part 1. Indian Ocean and South Africa

  • Alexander B. Rabinovich
  • Richard E. Thomson
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The M w = 9.3 megathrust earthquake of December 26, 2004 off the northwest coast of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean generated a catastrophic tsunami that was recorded by a large number of tide gauges throughout the World Ocean. Part 1 of our study of this event examines tide gauge measurements from the Indian Ocean region, at sites located from a few hundred to several thousand kilometers from the source area. Statistical characteristics of the tsunami waves, including wave height, duration, and arrival time, are determined, along with spectral properties of the tsunami records.

Key words

2004 Sumatra tsunami tide gauge records Sumatra earthquake Indian Ocean tsunami travel time spectral analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander B. Rabinovich
    • 1
    • 2
  • Richard E. Thomson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ocean Sciences DivisionInstitute of Ocean SciencesSidneyCanada
  2. 2.P.P. Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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