Abstract by Hunter Klein
Jared Whitehead, Ron Harris
Using modern data and translated historical accounts to unravel probable earthquake parameters of 17th to 19th century tsunamis.\"
Recently translated 17th to 19th century historical records describe major tsunami and earthquake events occurring in many settlements in Indonesia, which is now densely populated. Using software packages such as GeoClaw, simulations of these events may be created to estimate potential danger zones when similar tsunamis re-occur in this region.
USGS datasets of earthquake events recorded by seismometers during the past 40 years are used to develop a prior distribution on fault zone parameters for the historical seismic events. Probability distributions based off of historical accounts are constructed to narrow down possible points of origin and earthquake parameters of past events.