Probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment along Oman coast from submarine earthquakes in the Makran subduction zone

Issa El-Hussain*, Rachid Omira, Ahmed Deif, Zaid Al-Habsi, Ghazi Al-Rawas, Adel Mohamad, Khalifa Al-Jabri, Maria Ana Baptista

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The Sultanate of Oman is among the Indian Ocean countries that were subjected to at least two confirmed tsunamis during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: the 1945 tsunami due to an earthquake in the Makran subduction zone in the Sea of Oman (near-regional field tsunami) and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, caused by an earthquake from the Andaman Sumatra subduction zone (far - field tsunami). In this paper, we present a probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment for the entire coast of Oman from tectonic sources generated along the Makran subduction zone. The tsunami hazard is assessed taking into account the contribution of small- and large-event magnitudes. Results of the earthquake recurrence rate studies and the tsunami numerical modeling for different magnitudes were used through a logic-tree to estimate the tsunami hazard probabilities. We derive probability hazard exceedance maps for the Omani coast considering the exposure times of 100, 250, 500, and 1000 years. The hazard maps consist of computing the likelihood that tsunami waves exceed a specific amplitude. We find that the probability that a maximum wave amplitude exceeds 1 m somewhere along the coast of Oman reaches, respectively, 0.7 and 0.85 for 100 and 250 exposure times, and it is up to 1 for 500 and 1000 years of exposure times. These probability values decrease significantly toward the southern coast of Oman where the tsunami impact, from the earthquakes generated at Makran subduction zone, is low.

Original languageEnglish
Article number668
JournalArabian Journal of Geosciences
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Makran subduction zone
  • Oman
  • Probabilistic analysis
  • Tsunami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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