Asteroid-Generated Tsunamis: A Review

Marsha Berger

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We study ocean waves caused by an asteroid airburst located over the ocean. The concern is that the waves would damage distant coastal cities. Simple qualitative analysis suggests that the wave energy is proportional to the ocean depth and the strength and speed of the blast. Computational simulations using GeoClaw and the shallow water equations show that explosions from realistic asteroids do not endanger distant cities. We explore the validity of the shallow water, Boussinesq, and linearized Euler equations to model these water waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSEMA SIMAI Springer Series
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameSEMA SIMAI Springer Series
ISSN (Print)2199-3041
ISSN (Electronic)2199-305X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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