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Technion Israel Ports
Joint Russian-Israeli Research Project (2007-2008)

Joint Russian-Israeli Research Project (2007-2008)

Client: Ministry of Science Culture and Sport (MOST) / Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) Russian Federation

The study offers detailed investigation of disastrous marine wave possibility around the Levant shore and mainly along Israeli coast. This stage of the research provides collection and analysis of the available historical information about the Mediterranean sea tsunamis; collection of the required bathymetric data; mathematical formulation of the problem; selection of the chosen numerical algorithms; setup of the selected numerical model and its verification; spectral resolution of available sea level records at different location along the Israel shore as well as spectral analysis of the tsunami signal at Jaffa generated by an earthquake with the epicenter at Aegean Sea on July 09, 1956. Numerically obtained frequencies and periods of shelf oscillations are much closed to the measured. The results of the numerical simulations of the July 09, 1956 tsunami event are in good agreement with those recorded at Jaffa gauge station.

Tide-gauge records at Jaffa a day before tsunami on July 08, 1956 (a); and tsunami records on July 09, 1956 (b). Horizontal axis represents local time in hours and vertical axis – sea level in centimeters.

Tsunami waves simulations using the initial disturbance of water surface due to landslide (initial perturbation has the ellipsoid shape): near-field glow (a); and comparison between the computed characteristics of the seismic sea waves of July 9, 1956, and those presented in Ambraseys [1960] (b). Point numbering in (a) corresponds to Ambraseys [1960], see the adjacent table.