Landslides and Tsunamis, Pageoph Topical Volumes



Although tsunamis only threaten coastal zones, they are one of the most frightening and potent naturally destructive forces. An apparently benign withdrawal of the sea that entices the curious to wander offshore in exploration is followed with terrifying rapidity by a wave onslaught that cannot be avoided. Other natural hazards such as cyclones, floods, and earthquakes may be more common and potentially more destructive. However, while cyclones and floods may be predicted, the occurrence of a tsunami is often a surprise.