Tsunamigenic Sea-Floor Deformations

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Science  24 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5338, pp. 598-600
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5338.598

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In addition to the primary damage they do, earthquakes can cause tsunamis, massive ocean swells that can inundate coastal regions. In their Perspective, Synolakis et al. describe results presented at a workshop on the interface between seismology and tsunami hydrodynamics held in Santa Monica in May 1997. The authors discuss the highlights of the meeting and summarize future directions for research.