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Tsunami Waves

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Predicting the travel time of tsunami waves is imperative to the safety and well-being of possibly affected communities since tsunami waves can happen incredibly fast. So, knowing how long an area is until a tsunami approaches dramatically helps with mitigation strategies. As an example we calculate the travel time of a tsunami wave to Somalia and Sri-Lanka that flowed an earthquake in 2004 in the Indian ocean off the coast of Sumatra. This is done by using the velocity from the shallow wave equation of the waves and piecewise integration.

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Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics

Rocco Malservisi, School of Geosciences

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