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Tsunami hazard in Israel

A lot of interesting stories on earthquakes, tsunamis and paleoseismology made it to the media last week – no wonder as the EGU2014 and the SSA meeting took place at the same time. I will try to catch up and I start with tsunami hazard in Israel:

Tsunami hazard in Israel

Beverly Goodman says there will be a tsunami on Israel’s shore. The question is not if, but only when. She found at least six tsunamis at the archaeological site of Caesarea near Haifa and it’s known that the last tsunami that hit Israel happened in 1956 as a consequence of a seismic event offshore Greece. Here’s the article in the JPost. Caesarea was one of the most important Roman cities in this area, founded by Herod the Great, and it is now among the most popular archaeological sites in Israel (and if you’ve ever been in Israel, you will know that there is an popular site basically everywhwere!).

Furthermore, Beverly appeared in an article of the German news site SpiegelOnline, where it’s claimed that she hates to be compared to Indiana Jones. Almost nothing about Beverly’s fascinating research, but only some touristic tips for enthusiastic divers who like archaeology. JPost vs. SpOn 1:0.

Further reading

  • Reinhardt, E.G., Goodman, B.N., Boyce, J.I., Lopez, G., van Hengstum, P., Rink, W.J., Mart, Y. & Raban, A. 2006. The tsunami of 13 December A.D. 115 and the destruction of Herod the Great’s harbor at Caesarea Maritima, Israel. Geology, 34 (12), 1061-1064.
  • Goodman-Tchernov, B.N., Dey, H.W., Reinhardt, E.G., McCoy, F., & Mart, Y., 2009. Tsunami waves generated by the Santorini eruption reached Eastern Mediterranean shores. Geology 37 (10), 943-946.
  • Mart, Y. & Perecman, I., 1996. Neotectonic activity in Caesarea, the Mediterranean coast of central Israel. Tectonophysics 254 (1–2), 139–153.
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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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