On our Tsunami and Earthquake Research web site, you will find general information on how local tsunamis are generated by earthquakes as well as animations, virtual reality models of tsunamis, and summaries of past research studies.
Learn more about tsunamis in the United States.
Learn more about our active research projects:
U.S. West Coast and Alaska Marine Geohazards
Tsunami Hazards, Modeling, and the Sedimentary Record
Preliminary simulation of the tsunami from the March 11, 2011 M=9.0 subduction zone earthquake
Preliminary simulation of the tsunami from the October 25, 2010 M=7.7 subduction zone earthquake
Preliminary simulations of the tsunami from the February 27, 2010 M=8.8 subduction zone earthquake
Preliminary analysis of the tsunami from the September 29, 2009 M=8.1 Samoa Islands subduction zone earthquake, southwest Pacific Ocean
Preliminary analysis of the tsunami from the December 26, 2004 Sumatra-Andaman subduction zone earthquake, Southwest Pacific Ocean; includes comparison with the March 28, 2005 tsunami and earthquake
How do various parameters that describe an earthquake influence the resulting local tsunami?
Comparison of the September 25, 2003 M=8.3 and the 1952 M=8.1 Tokachi-Oki earthquakes, near Hokkaido, Japan
Earthquake, Landslide, and Tsunami Hazards in the Northeastern Caribbean—Insights from a 2013 E/V Nautilus Expedition - USGS Sound Waves Newsletter
Experts Team Up on Tsunami Resilience in California - USGS Sound Waves Newsletter
Alaska Earthquakes Pose U.S. Tsunami Risk - Huffington Post
International Team Studies Tsunami Deposits in Japan to Improve Understanding and Mitigation of Tsunami Hazards - USGS Sound Waves Newsletter
Source processes for the probabilistic assessment of tsunami hazards - Oceanography 2014
Explanation of temporal clustering of tsunami sources using the epidemic-type aftershock sequence model - Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 2014
Earthquake Mechanism and Seafloor Deformation for Tsunami Generation - Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering 2014
Tsunamis: Stochastic Models of Occurrence and Generation Mechanisms - Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science 2014
A framework for the probabilistic analysis of meteotsunamis - Natural Hazards 2014
Improving Tsunami Resiliency: California’s Tsunami Policy Working Group - Tsunami Events and Lessons Learned 2014