Progress in Modeling of Asteroid-Generated Tsunamis

Could an asteroid that explodes over the ocean generate a tsunami threatening coastal populations far away?

We show simulations of tsunami propagation from asteroid-generated airbursts. We then present a 1D model with an explicit solution to understand the unexpected results.  The model is then extended to explore the effects of dispersion and compressibility.  We end with a discussion of appropriate tools to study the more serious case of an  asteroid that impacts the water.

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