On the cause of the 1908 Messina tsunami, southern Italy
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2008
Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 35, Issue 6, March 2008
How to Cite
2008), On the cause of the 1908 Messina tsunami, southern Italy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L06301, doi:10.1029/2008GL033251., , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 19 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 FEB 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 13 FEB 2008
- Manuscript Received: 15 JAN 2008
- nondestructive evaluation
 A century after the catastrophic event, the sources of the 1908 Messina, Southern Italy, earthquake and tsunami, which caused at least 60,000 deaths, remain uncertain. Through a simple backward ray-tracing method, we convert the tsunami travel-time data reported in a 100-years-old paper into distances and find that the sources of the earthquake and tsunami are different. Overturning a long-held assumption, reconsideration of the available tsunami, bathymetric, seismic, and seismological data indicates that the tsunami was generated by an underwater landslide.