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Whelan, F., Keating, B.. Tsunami Deposits on the Island of Oahu, Hawai'i. In: Schernewski, G., Dolch, T. (eds.). Geographie der Meere und Küsten. Coastline Reports (1), pp. 77-82. 2004.


Repetitive, catastrophic tsunamis have been credited as a causative mechanism for geomorphic change in coastal landforms. This study presents tsunami evidence on the Island of Oahu, Hawai’i. ‘Signature’ remnants of historic tsunamis, such as dislocated large boulders and conglomerate fields, provide evidence for historic tsunami events and their magnitude. GIS and remote sensing data sets, such as high-resolution aerial imagery, and complementary geomorphic field work, permit the spatial analysis for evidence of these high magnitude, low frequency events.

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