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:
Probabilistic Forecasting of Earthquakes and Earthquake Effects in the Coastal Zone
Tsunami Hazards, Modeling, and the Sedimentary Record
U.S. West Coast and Alaska Marine Geohazards
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
Field photographs and reports from the region, overview of the tectonic setting and seismological chacteristics of the earthquake, summary of tsunami generation modeling, and comparison to the March 28, 2005 event in the same location
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
Just published: “Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide—A USGS Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science”
- USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center News
USGS publishes a new blueprint that can help make subduction zone areas more resilient
- USGS Featured Story
Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide
- U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017-3024
Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide—U.S. Geological Survey subduction zone science plan
- U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1428
A submarine landslide source for the devastating 1964 Chenega tsunami, southern Alaska
- Earth and Planetary Science Letters 438