Field survey of the 1996 Irian Jaya earthquake Tsunami in Biak Island

H. Matsutomi, N. Shuto, F. Imamura, T. Takahashi

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Runup data in Biak Island and its nearby islets are described with discussions of tsunami magnitude and a few characteristics such as witnessed arrival times, wave periods and wave numbers. From an engineering viewpoint, a relation between inundation depth and current velocity on land is also described with relations between inundation depth and degree of damage to houses and between sand erosion depth and current velocity in backshore region, based on data collected from the present and past tsunamis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-212
Number of pages14
JournalNatural Hazards
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Current velocity
  • Inundation depth
  • Runup data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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