Tsunami modelling is not my field of research, so I think I should not evaluate that part of the work.
Given that the innovation of this work with respect Baptista et al. (2006) is that here they propose a geological source for the 1761 earthquake (EQ.), the reader expects to find a strong geological background in this paper supporting their proposal ... and this is not the case. Some important references of the study area should be added to the references list, especially the works focused on the study of tectonic structures mentioned throughout the work (and others missing!). The main problem that I detect in this work is that the proposed geological source for the 1761 EQ does not exist.
- Is it really necessary to provide a verbal description of all observations? They appear summarized in tables and figures, and Baptista et al. (2006) can be referenced.
Line 28: The SWIM is not only dominated by NE-SW trending structures. It would be important to mention the WNW-ESE strike-slip SWIM faults and explain a little about them (Rosas et al., 2009; Terrinha et al., 2009; Zitellini et al., 2009; Bartolome et al., 2012; Martínez-Loriente et al., 2013)
Lines 28-30: Please, add the references of the main works carried out in the region focused on each structure. For example: “The SWIM is dominated by large NE-SW trending structures limiting the Horseshoe Abyssal Plain (HAP). The large NE-SW striking structures are the Coral Patch fault (CPF) (Martínez-Loriente et al., 2013), the Gorringe Bank fault (GBF) (Zitellini et al., 2009; Jiménez-Munt et al., 2010; Sallarès et al., 2013; Martínez-Loriente et al., 2014), the Horseshoe fault (HSF) (Gràcia et al., 2003a; Zitellini et al., 2004; Martínez-Loriente et al., 2018) and the Marques de Pombal fault (MPF) (Gràcia et al., 2003a; Terrinha et al., 2003; Zitellini et al., 2004)”; or you can add all the references together at the end (Gràcia et al., 2003a; Terrniha et al., 2003; Zitellini et al., 2004, 2009; Jiménez-Munt et al., 2010; Sallarès et al., 2013; Martínez-Loriente et al., 2013, 2014, 2018, … ).
Important NE-SW trending structures are missing: the Sao Vicente Fault (SVF) (Gràcia et al., 2003a; Zitellini et al., 2004), the Horseshoe Abyssal Plain Thrust (HAT) (Martínez-Loriente et al., 2014), and the Seine Hills (SH) (Martínez-Loriente et al., 2013).
Figure 1: The figure caption needs to be improved. For example: authors must specify that the red stars refer to source locations; they should explain the difference between green and yellow tsunami observation points; the authors should add other important tectonic structures of the study area such as the SVF, HAT, SH or SWIM faults. The bathymetry used in Figure 1 of Baptista et al. (2016) is much better than the one used in this work to make figures 1, 2, and 3. The authors may consider using the same bathymetry as in the previous work. In addition, the cartography of the Horseshoe and Coral Patch fault traces is very inaccurate, and they appear much longer than they really are. Review the references suggested above to improve them.
Line 5: To compute inundation a “real” high-resolution bathymetry is needed. The minimum resolution required is 10 m.
Line 11-12: “with a strong magnitude event on 25th November 1941 …” Specify the magnitude of the seismic event
Line 18: Same as in Pag.1. Some important NE-SW thrust faults are missing and references should be added.
Line 20: “the aseismic SWIM-Lineaments …”. Are you sure they are aseismic? Please, review the following references: Geissler et al., 2010, Bartolomé et al., 2012, Grevemeyer et al., 2016, Silva et al., 2017, and references therein.
Line 23-24: “the Coral Patch ridge (…), with a predominating flower structure geometry”. This statement is not true. Review Martínez-Loriente et al., 2013.
Line 25: “the CPF is closest to the area suggest by Baptista et al. (2006).” There is a distance of about 200 km.
Figure 2: Define “TTT”
Line 7: “we consider a possible fault as an extension of the CPF closest to the area presented by Baptista et al. (2006).” What does this mean? The authors cannot invent faults … Their assumptions have to stick to reality and be based on the structures known in the area.
Line 11: “we test different earthquake fault parameters (…)” Specify which parameters have been tested
Line 2: “documents report …” What documents? Add references.
Line 8: Please, provide all measures in international system units.
Table 1: All the abbreviations that appear in a figure or Table must be defined in the corresponding figure or table caption. In this case, “TTT”.
Line 8-9: I am in contact with colleagues who are experts in inundation modelling, and they told me that the minimum resolution acceptable to compute inundation is 10 m. Do the authors trust the results obtained with an inadequate bathymetry?
Line 2-6: There are like 600 km between the 1941 and 1975 EQ epicentres and the proposed for the 1761 event in Figure 2. I do not understand why the authors have tested the compatibility between these events. It does not make sense to me … In addition, the authors should consider adding the epicentres of these EQ in Figure 2 since they are mentioned in the text.
Line 21: “(…) the mean dip angle of 40 degrees suggested by Martinez-Loriente et al. (2013)”. In the aforementioned reference, a dip of 30° ±5 is suggested for the CPR fault, which is a different structure than the one proposed by the authors as the source of the 1761 EQ. Martinez-Loriente et al., suggest that the CPR does not continue to the west.
Hypothesis A-MS: Based on what geological knowledge of the area do the authors propose this solution? Do the authors know any structure in the area that is subdivided into 4 segments each of 50 km long?
Table 2: What is the rationale for using these values? For example, the depth for “Hyp. A” is 10 km … On the basis of what information do the authors choose this value? or a width of 50 km (????)
Hypothesis B: I do not know any strike-slip fault with NE-SW orientation and 280 km long (!!!) at the proposed source location for the 1761 EQ.
Line 27: “It is possible to find a geological source compatible with the source area deduced from TTTs and with macro-seismic intensity data” Really? What is the “real” geological source proposed by the authors? In Figure 3, the proposed fault plane does not correspond to any real geological structure.
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