Seminar Series

Catastrophic Landscape Modification from a Landslide Tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska


Colin Bloom


Time & Place

Thu, 11 Mar 2021 16:00:00 NZDT in ER263

All are welcome


On October 17th 2015, a massive landslide at the terminus of the rapidly retreating Tyndall Glacier in Southeast Alaska sent over 50 million cubic meters of rock into Taan Fiord. The resulting tsunami reached elevations as high as 193 m and scoured vegetation kilometers from the source. Field and remote sensing investigations following the event, presented here, reveal low-lying fan deltas that may preserve geomorphic evidence of the tsunami for decades to centuries.


Movie produced for the US National Park Service about the work:


Associated papers

Bloom, C.K., et al. 2020. Catastrophic landscape modification from a massive landslide tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska. Geomorphology 353, 107029.

Higman, B., Bloom, C. et al., 2018. The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska. Scientific Reports 8, 12993.