Lecture by Floyd McCoy & Tatyana Novikova

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Drs Floyd McCoy & Tatyana Novikova (University of Hawaii at Manoa & National Observatory of Athens), “Tsunami and the LBA Eruption of Thera”

Tsunami generated by the LBA Eruption of Thera have served as a foundation for fanciful descriptions of enormous waves, illusory sedimentary deposits, extravagant cultural impacts, and more. A better understanding on the formation, magnitude, and impact of seismic sea-waves comes from an awareness of tsunamigenic mechanisms associated with mega-eruptions, of oceanic wave dynamics, in addition to historic observations of tsunami. These factors combined with computer modelling provide an improved foundation for estimating tsunami wave characteristics generated by the LBA eruption within the Aegean Sea, thus a better basis for understanding potential impacts on Minoan cultural activities.