ABSTRACT

Except for the Marquesas Islands, the islands of French Oceania are relatively safe from tsunamis because of well-developed reefs, inner lagoons, and steep offshore slopes, hence the Chilean tsunami of 22-23 May 1960 was not well developed. Detailed data are given for Tahiti. The greatest runup height was 3.4 meters above low water, the average was 1.7 meters. Runup of 1 meter was observed in the Leeward Islands. In the Austral Islands the highest wave reached 1.8 meters. The Tuamotu Archipelago suffered water level changes of about 1 meter. In the Marquesas Islands runups of about 3 meters were observed.

No human casualties were reported from French Polynesia and damage was slight.

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