Articles | Volume 3, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 3, 733–747, 2003
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-3-733-2003
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 3, 733–747, 2003
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-3-733-2003

  31 Dec 2003

31 Dec 2003

Tsunami vulnerability assessment and its implications for coastal hazard analysis and disaster management planning, Gulf of Corinth, Greece

M. Papathoma1 and D. Dominey-Howes2 M. Papathoma and D. Dominey-Howes
  • 1Coventry Centre for Disaster Management, School of Science and the Environment, Coventry University, CV1 5FB, Coventry, UK
  • 2Risk Frontiers, Department of Physical Geography, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

Abstract. We apply a new tsunami vulnerability assessment method to two coastal villages in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece using the 7th February 1963 tsunami as a worse case scenario. In Akoli, 46.5% of all buildings are classified highly vulnerable (BV). Approximately, 26.3% of all households are located within buildings with a High BV classification whereas 85% of all businesses are located within buildings with a High BV classification and 13.7% of the population is located within buildings with a High BV classification. In Selianitika, 28.8% of all buildings are classified with a High BV and 11% of all households are located within buildings with a High BV classification. Also 29.3% of all businesses and 33.4% of all services are located within buildings with a High BV classification and 6.7% of the population is located within buildings with a High BV classification. We estimate the minimum costs of a hypothetical tsunami with a wave run-up (H(m)max) of + 5 m. The results are considered significant because they have important implications for coastal risk assessment, resource allocation and disaster management planning.

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