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The December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Initial Findings on Tsunami Sand Deposits, Damage, and Inundation in Sri Lanka
 

Table of Contents

Introduction
Survey Team
Importance of Survey
Survey and Methods
Inundation/Run-up
Tsunami Heights
Damage to Structures
Tsunami Sand Deposits
Recovery and Planning
Photos
Acknowledgments
Links
Contacts

 

Sri Lanka International Tsunami Survey Team

The Sri Lanka International Tsunami Survey Team (ITST) included 16 researchers from the United States:

  • Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Cornell University (Cornell)
  • Geological Survey & Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka (GSMBSL)
  • GeoEnvironmental Consultants of New Zealand (GeoEnv)
  • University of Washington (UW)
  • Texas A&M University (TAMU)
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
  • Upali Group of Companies of Sri Lanka
  • Arizona State University (ASU)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Silicon Technology of Sri Lanka

To cover as much territory as possible, the Sri Lanka ITST divided up into an East Team and a South Team. The ITST collected data at more than 30 sites in Sri Lanka.
 

East Team

Photo of Sri Lanka east coast survey team
Members of the East Team of the Sri Lanka ITST (from left to right): Patrick Lynett, Texas A & M University; Bretwood Higman, University of Washington; Upali, Driver; Quirin Schiermeier, reporter from Nature; Starin Fernando, Geological Survey & Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka; Tom Paulson, reporter from Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Bruce Jaffe, USGS; K. Sri Indrakanthan, University of Peradeniya; Philip Liu, Cornell University (TEAM LEADER)

Members of the Sri Lanka ITST East Team

USA Bretwood Higman , University of Washington
Bruce Jaffe, USGS
Philip Liu, Cornell University (TEAM LEADER)
Patrick Lynett, Texas A & M University
Tom Paulson, reporter from Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Quirin Schiermeier, reporter from Nature
Sri
Lanka
Starin Fernando, Geological Survey & Mines Bureau
K. Sri Indrakanthan, University of Peradeniya

Members of the Sri Lanka ITST South Team

USA Harindra (Joe) Fernando, Arizona State University (TEAM LEADER)
Hermann Fritz, George Institute of Technology
William Hermann, The Arizona Republic
Robert Morton, USGS
Costas Synolakis, University of Southern California
Jeff Topping, Topping Photography
New
Zealand
James Goff, GeoEnvironmental Consultants
Sri
Lanka
P. G. R. Dharmaratne, Geological Survey & Mines Bureau
Rohan Fernando, Upali Group of Companies
H. A. Hemachandra Jayasena, University of Peradeniya
S. Gehard Mendis, Silicon Technology
Sriwardana, Geological Survey & Mines Bureau
Jeffrey DeLile, University of Peradeniya

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