Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
23 Feb 2009
 | 23 Feb 2009

Tsunami generation by ocean floor rupture front propagation: Hamiltonian description

V. I. Pavlov, J. Tromp, and E. P. Tito

Abstract. The Hamiltonian method is applied to the problem of tsunami generation caused by a propagating rupture front and deformation of the ocean floor. The method establishes an alternative framework for analyzing the tsunami generation process and produces analytical expressions for the power and directivity of tsunami radiation (in the far-field) for two illustrative cases, with constant and gradually varying speeds of rupture front propagation.