Tsunami risk mapping simulation for Malaysia

S. Y. Teh, H. L. Koh, Y. T. Moh, D. L. De Angelis, J. Jiang

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7 Scopus citations


The 26 December 2004 Andaman mega tsunami killed about a quarter of a million people worldwide. Since then several significant tsunamis have recurred in this region, including the most recent 25 October 2010 Mentawai tsunami. These tsunamis grimly remind us of the devastating destruction that a tsunami might inflict on the affected coastal communities. There is evidence that tsunamis of similar or higher magnitudes might occur again in the near future in this region. Of particular concern to Malaysia are tsunamigenic earthquakes occurring along the northern part of the Sunda Trench. Further, the Manila Trench in the South China Sea has been identified as another source of potential tsunamigenic earthquakes that might trigger large tsunamis. To protect coastal communities that might be affected by future tsunamis, an effective early warning system must be properly installed and maintained to provide adequate time for residents to be evacuated from risk zones. Affected communities must be prepared and educated in advance regarding tsunami risk zones, evacuation routes as well as an effective evacuation procedure that must be taken during a tsunami occurrence. For these purposes, tsunami risk zones must be identified and classified according to the levels of risk simulated. This paper presents an analysis of tsunami simulations for the South China Sea and the Andaman Sea for the purpose of developing a tsunami risk zone classification map for Malaysia based upon simulated maximum wave heights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDisaster Management and Human Health Risk II
Subtitle of host publicationReducing Risk, Improving Outcomes
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2011
Event2nd International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes, Disaster Management 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 11 2011May 13 2011

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
ISSN (Print)1743-3509


Other2nd International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes, Disaster Management 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Early warning system
  • Tsunami risk simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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