Tsunami Workshop 2014

​​Map of tsunami travel times in the north Pacific associated with the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964.

On occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Alaska earthquake and tsunami, Ocean Networks Canada and the Port Alberni community co-hosted a 2-day technical workshop. The workshop provided a brief overview of tsunami models, tsunami risk for the coast of BC and the technology available for event detection and alerts. Structured discussions among a broad range of sectors followed with the goal of identifying technological requirements for real-time tsunami forecasting for British Columbia’s coastal areas.

About the Earthquake & Tsunami

On 27 March 1964 a magnitude 9.2 mega-thrust earthquake struck Alaska's Prince William Sound. This powerful earthquake, 2nd largest in recorded history, generated a tsunami, which devastated coastal areas from Alaska to Califormia. 139 lives were lost and $2 billion in damages sustained in the US. Port Alberni, BC suffered the greatest impact in Canada; there was no loss of life, but the town suffered extensive damage. 55 homes were washed away and another 375 damaged. Total estmated losses to Vancouver Island are around $50 million (2005 dollars).

Workshop Agenda
Tsunami Commemoration Poster

Workshop Report

Workshop Final Report


Presentation poster frame
Lucinda Leonard (Natural Resources Canada and University of Victoria)
Jorn Behrens presenting Jörn Behrens (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Uncertainty reduction in near-field tsunami early warning (Prezi slides)
Presentation title page Jannette Frandsen (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Tsunami wave impact on walls and beaches (3 mb pdf)
Janssen presentation title page Christian Janssen (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany)
GPU-accelerated hydrodynamics for wave impact problems (3 mb pdf)
Mass failure model output James T. Kirby (University of Delaware, USA)
Modelling hazards from seismic and submarine mass failure sources (15 mb pdf)
Tolkova Presentation Title Page Elena Tolkova (NorthWest Research Associates, USA)
Utilizing power of present and future open-ocean tsunami monitoring networks (7 mb pdf)
Hawaii Inundation Forecast Marie Eble (NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, USA)
New NOAA Tsunami Forecasting System (10 mb pdf)
Nicolsky presentation title page Dmitry Nicolsky (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)
Tsunami Modelling and Inundation Mapping in Alaska (13 mb pdf)
Presentation title page Volker Roeber (Tohoku University, Japan)
Modeling of tsunami wave propagation and evacuation (17 mb pdf)
Srinivasa presentation title page Tummala Srinivasa Kumar (Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services)
Overview of the Indian Tsunami Early Warning System (13 mb pdf)
  Ali Abdolali (University of Rome, Italy)
Hydroacoustic waves modeling for enhancement of Tsunami Early Warning Systems (TEWS): Haida Gwaii 2012 earthquake
Wang Presentation Title Page Kelin Wang (Natural Resources Canada)
Cascadia megathrust rupture models for tsunami modeling (10 mb pdf)
Cherniawsky Presentation Title Page Josef Cherniawsky (Institute  of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada)
Tsunami wave modelling at the Institute of Ocean Sciences (11 mb pdf)
Weinstein Presentation Title Page Stuart Weinstein (NOAA/NWS Pacific Tsunami  Warning Center, USA)
The Activities of the US Tsunami Warning Centers During the Haida Gwaii Tsunami (5mb pdf)

Workshop Locations

  • 27 March 2014: Port Alberni Shore Station
  • 28 March 2014: Institute of Ocean Sciences