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Volume 15, issue 9 | Copyright

Special issue: Progress in tsunami science in light of the 2004 and 2011...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1999-2008, 2015
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Research article 09 Sep 2015

Research article | 09 Sep 2015

Tsunami response system for ports in Korea

H.-R. Cho, J.-S. Cho, and Y.-S. Cho H.-R. Cho et al.
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791, Korea

Abstract. The tsunamis that have occurred in many places around the world over the past decade have taken a heavy toll on human lives and property. The eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula is not safe from tsunamis, particularly the eastern coastal areas, which have long sustained tsunami damage. The eastern coast had been attacked by 1983 and 1993 tsunami events. The aim of this study was to mitigate the casualties and property damage against unexpected tsunami attacks along the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula by developing a proper tsunami response system for important ports and harbors with high population densities and high concentrations of key national industries. The system is made based on numerical and physical modelings of 3 historical and 11 virtual tsunamis events, field surveys, and extensive interviews with related people.

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In this study, a response system is set up at harbors against unexpected tsunami attacks. The response system may contribute to mitigate natural disasters and provide guidelines for future disaster prevention researches.
In this study, a response system is set up at harbors against unexpected tsunami attacks. The...