Sunday, March 13, 2011

California tsunami inundation maps

These are not maps of where inundation has occurred, but maps projecting where inundation likely will occur. The maps were a joint project of the California Emergency Management Agency, the California Geological Survey and the University of Southern California.

It appears that the assumptions underlying the maps are described in a paper written by Richard K. Eisner, Jose C. Borrero, and Costas E. Synolakis in 2001. One assumption to note is that for simplicity's sake, the maps represent the worst-case scenarios envisioned by the authors.

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