Landslide tsunamis propagating around a conical island

E. Renzi, P. Sammarco*

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An analytical forced two-horizontal-dimension model is derived to investigate landslide tsunamis propagating around a conical island lying on a flat continental platform. Separation of variables and Laplace transform are used to obtain the free-surface elevation in the whole domain and the runup at the shoreline in terms of confluent Heun functions. The main properties of these functions and their asymptotic behaviour for large parameters are investigated. Expression of the transient leading wave travelling offshore is also derived. The distinguishing physical features of landslide tsunamis propagating in a round geometry are then pointed out and compared with those of landslide tsunamis propagating along a straight coast. Analytical results satisfactorily agree with available experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-285
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2010
Externally publishedYes

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