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 longheld assumption, reconsideration of the available tsunami, bathymetric, seismic, and seismological data indicates that the tsunami was generated by an underwater landslide.

Billi, A., R., F., L. M., M., Faccenna, C., G., N., B. ORECCHIO AND D., P. (2008). On the cause of the 1908 Messina tsunami, Southern Italy. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS [10.1029/2008GL033251].

On the cause of the 1908 Messina tsunami, Southern Italy

FACCENNA, CLAUDIO;
2008-01-01

Abstract

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 longheld assumption, reconsideration of the available tsunami, bathymetric, seismic, and seismological data indicates that the tsunami was generated by an underwater landslide.
Billi, A., R., F., L. M., M., Faccenna, C., G., N., B. ORECCHIO AND D., P. (2008). On the cause of the 1908 Messina tsunami, Southern Italy. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS [10.1029/2008GL033251].
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