Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 995–1002, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 995–1002, 2016

Research article 12 May 2016

Research article | 12 May 2016

Multi-method observation and analysis of a tsunami caused by glacier calving

Martin P. Lüthi and Andreas Vieli

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Cited articles

Amundson, J. M., Truffer, M., Lüthi, M. P., Fahnestock, M., Motyka, R. J., and West, M.: Glacier, fjord, and seismic response to recent large calving events, Jakobshavn Isbræ, Greenland, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L22501,, 2008.
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Amundson, J. M., Clinton, J. F., Fahnestock, M., Truffer, M., Lüthi, M. P., and Motyka, R. J.: Observing calving-generated ocean waves with coastal broadband seismometers, Jakobshavn Isbræ, Greenland, Ann. Glaciol., 60, 79–84,, 2012.
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Short summary
Glaciers flowing into the ocean sometimes release huge pieces of ice and cause violent tsunami waves which, upon landfall, can cause severe destruction. During an exceptionally well-documented event at Eqip Sermia, west Greenland, the collapse of a 200 m high ice cliff caused a tsunami wave of 50 m height, traveling at a speed exceeding 100 km h−1. This tsunami wave was filmed from a tour boat, and was simultaneously observed with several instruments, as was the run-up of 15 m on the shore.