Evaluating Tsunami Risk and Vulnerability Along the Vietnamese Coast

Takahito Mikami*, Tomoyuki Takabatake

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Vietnamese coast faces the East Sea, which has been recognized as having the potential to generate devastating tsunamis, thus requiring a careful consideration of tsunami risk. In this chapter, tsunami risk and vulnerability are analyzed based on the numerical simulation of tsunami propagation and the social and geographical background of Vietnam. The numerical simulation of a potentially hazardous earthquake scenario in the Manila Trench shows the distributions of the maximum tsunami amplitude and arrival time along the Vietnamese coast. When discussing the vulnerability of the coastline, particular attention is given to three main elements affecting this type of potential disaster in Vietnam: the extensive area of low-lying ground, namely large deltas; a lack of past experience regarding tsunami events; and underdeveloped tsunami mitigation measures. Tsunami mitigation measures implemented recently in coastal communities in Vietnam, such as tsunami warning stations and tsunami drills, are also mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam: Engineering and Planning Perspectives
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780128004791, 9780128000076
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 4


  • Earthquake scenario
  • East Sea
  • Numerical simulation
  • Tsunami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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