Size distribution of submarine landslides and its implication to tsunami hazard in Puerto Rico

Geophysical Research Letters
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We have established for the first time a size frequency distribution for carbonate submarine slope failures. Using detailed bathymetry along the northern edge of the carbonate platform north of Puerto Rico, we show that the cumulative distribution of slope failure volumes follows a power-law distribution. The power-law exponent of this distribution is similar to those for rock falls on land, commensurate with their interpreted failure mode. The carbonate volume distribution and its associated volume-area relationship are significantly different from those for clay-rich debris lobes in the Storegga slide, Norway. Coupling this relationship with tsunami simulations allows an estimate of the maximum tsunami runup and the maximum number of potentially damaging tsunamis from landslides to the north shore of Puerto Rico. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Size distribution of submarine landslides and its implication to tsunami hazard in Puerto Rico
Series title Geophysical Research Letters
DOI 10.1029/2006GL026125
Volume 33
Issue 11
Year Published 2006
Language English
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description L11307; 4 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Geophysical Research Letters
First page 1
Last page 4
Country United States
State Puerto Rico
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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