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Tsunami Geology and its role in Hazard Mitigation

Atwater, B. F., Bourgeois, J., Yeh, H., Abbott, D., Cisternas, M., Glawe, U., Higman, B., Horton, B. P., Peters, R., Rajendran, K., Tuttle, M. P.
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The timely topic of tsunami geology was addressed during a recent international workshop sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Participants from 15 nations compared criteria for identifying tsunamis by their geologic signatures; explored applications to plate tectonics, hazard assessment, and public education; and discussed recommendations for research priorities. A post-workshop trip occasioned heartfelt exchanges with Washington state coastal residents two days after a local tsunami scare.
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Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316