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      Tsunami deposits in the geological record

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      Sedimentary Geology

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          Mechanism of tsunami earthquakes

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            The great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake of 26 December 2004.

            The two largest earthquakes of the past 40 years ruptured a 1600-kilometer-long portion of the fault boundary between the Indo-Australian and southeastern Eurasian plates on 26 December 2004 [seismic moment magnitude (Mw) = 9.1 to 9.3] and 28 March 2005 (Mw = 8.6). The first event generated a tsunami that caused more than 283,000 deaths. Fault slip of up to 15 meters occurred near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, but to the north, along the Nicobar and Andaman Islands, rapid slip was much smaller. Tsunami and geodetic observations indicate that additional slow slip occurred in the north over a time scale of 50 minutes or longer.
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              Evidence for great holocene earthquakes along the outer coast of washington state.

               Brian Atwater (1987)
              Intertidal mud has buried extensive, well-vegetated lowlands in westernmost Washington at least six times in the past 7000 years. Each burial was probably occasioned by rapid tectonic subsidence in the range of 0.5 to 2.0 meters. Anomalous sheets of sand atop at least three of the buried lowlands suggest that tsunamis resulted from the same events that caused the subsidence. These events may have been great earthquakes from the subduction zone between the Juan de Fuca and North America plates.
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                Journal
                Sedimentary Geology
                Sedimentary Geology
                Elsevier BV
                00370738
                August 2007
                August 2007
                : 200
                : 3-4
                : 166-183
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                10.1016/j.sedgeo.2007.01.002
                © 2007

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