The influence of the Kuril Islands on the penetration of tsunamis into the Sea of Okhotsk (on the example of the Japan tsunami on March 11, 2011)

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

IZVESTIYA ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC PHYSICS, vol.52, no.1, pp.89-100, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1134/s0001433816010060
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-100


The features of the propagation of the tsunami of March 11, 2011 in the northeastern Pacific have been studied with the aim of revealing the degree of influence of the Kuril Islands on the penetration of the tsunami in the Sea of Okhotsk. For this, a series of computational experiments have been performed within the shallow water theory using bathymetry (1) with and (2) without the Kuril Islands. The wave heights calculated have been analyzed, and the tsunami's magnitude and intensity in the Sea of Okhotsk have been estimated. The computational experiments performed allow assessment of a decrease in the tsunami intensity while passing the Kuril Islands.