The possibility of tsunami in the Sea of Okhotsk caused by deep-focus earthquakes

Zaytsev A. I., Pelinovsky E. N., Kurkin A. A., Kostenko I. S., YALÇINER A. C.

IZVESTIYA ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC PHYSICS, vol.52, no.2, pp.217-224, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The earthquake that occurred on May 24, 2013, in the basin of the Sea of Okhotsk with a magnitude of 8.3 was the strongest in this region. We have modeled a possible tsunami caused by such an earthquake. The simulations confirm that the wave heights were sufficiently small because the earthquake epicenter depth was 640 km. We analyze the oscillations of the DART buoys in the vicinity of the earthquake source and show that they were not associated with the tsunami waves. Analysis of the available pressure gauge records at different points of the Sea of Okhotsk show that only in one case (Iturup Island) can the observed oscillations of the sea level with a height of approximately 4 cm be classified as tsunami waves.