New insights of tsunami hazard from the 2011 Tohoku-oki event

Marine Geology
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We report initial results from our recent field survey documenting the inundation and resultant deposits of the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami from Sendai Plain, Japan. The tsunami inundated up to 4.5 km inland but the > 0.5 cm-thick sand deposit extended only 2.8 km (62% of the inundation distance). The deposit however continued as a mud layer to the inundation limit. The mud deposit contained high concentrations of water-leachable chloride and we conclude that geochemical markers and microfossil data may prove to be useful in identifying the maximum inundation limit of paleotsunamis that could extend well beyond any preserved sand layer. Our newly acquired data on the 2011 event suggest that previous estimates of paleotsunamis (e.g. 869 AD Jōgan earthquake and tsunami) in this area have probably been underestimated. If the 2011 and 869 AD events are indeed comparable, the risk from these natural hazards in Japan is much greater than previously recognized.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title New insights of tsunami hazard from the 2011 Tohoku-oki event
Series title Marine Geology
DOI 10.1016/j.margeo.2011.10.004
Volume 290
Issue 1-4
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 46
Last page 50
Country Japan
Other Geospatial Sendai Plain
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