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Gusman, A.R.; Supendi, P.; Nugraha, A.D.; Power, W.L.; Lateif, H.; Sunendar, H.; Widiyantoro, S.; Daryono; Wyono, S.H.; Hakim, A.; Muhari, A.; Wang, X.; Burbidge, D.R.; Palgunadi, K.; Hamling, I.J.; Daryono, M.R. 2019 Source model for the Tsunami inside Palu Bay following the 2018 Palu earthquake, Indonesia. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(15): 8271-8230; doi: 10.1029/2019GL082717

Paulik R, Lane E, Williams S, Power W (2019) Changes in tsunami risk to residential buildings at Omaha Beach, New Zealand. Geosciences  9(3) 113, doi:10.3390/geosciences9030113  Available online

Williams, J.H., Wilson, T.M., Horspool, N., Lane, E.M., Hughes, M.W., Davies, T., Le, L., Scheele, F. (2019) Tsunami impact assessment: development of vulnerability matrix for critical infrastructure and application to Christchurch, New Zealand. Natural Hazards, 96 (3), pp. 1167-1211.  DOI: 10.1007/s11069-019-03603-6.  Available online


Gusman, A.R.; Satake, K.; Gunawan, E.; Hamling, I.J.; Power, W.L. 2018 Contribution from multiple fault ruptures to tsunami generation during the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 175(8): 2557-2574; doi: 10.1007/s00024-018-1949-z

Power, W., Wang, X., Wallace, L., Clark, K., Mueller, C. (2018) The New Zealand Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Model: Development and implementation of a methodology for estimating tsunami hazard nationwide. Geological Society Special Publication, 456 (1), pp. 199-217. DOI: 10.1144/SP456.6


Grezio, A., Babeyko, A., Baptista, M.A., Behrens, J., Costa, A., Davies, G., Geist, E.L., Glimsdal, S., González, F.I., Griffin, J., Harbitz, C.B., LeVeque, R.J., Lorito, S., Løvholt, F., Omira, R., Mueller, C., Paris, R., Parsons, T., Polet, J., Power, W., Selva, J., Sørensen, M.B., Thio, H.K. (2017) Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Analysis: Multiple Sources and Global Applications. Reviews of Geophysics, 55 (4), pp. 1158-1198. DOI: 10.1002/2017RG000579.  Available online.

Lane, E.M., Borrero, J., Whittaker, C.N., Bind, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Goring, D., Hoyle, J., Mueller, C., Power, W.L., Reid, C.M., Williams, J.H., Williams, S.P. (2017) Effects of Inundation by the 14th November, 2016 Kaikōura Tsunami on Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 174 (5), pp. 1855-1874. Available online.  

Power, W., Clark, K., King, D.N., Borrero, J., Howarth, J., Lane, E.M., Goring, D., Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Williams, J., Reid, C., Whittaker, C., Mueller, C., Williams, S., Hughes, M.W., Hoyle, J., Bind, J., Strong, D., Litchfield, N., Benson, A. (2017) Tsunami runup and tide-gauge observations from the 14 November 2016 M7.8 Kaikōura earthquake, New Zealand. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 174 (7), pp. 2457-2473.  Available online.


Chen C, Melville BW, Nandasena NAK, Shamseldin AY, Wotherspoon L (2016) Experimental study of uplift loads due to tsunami bore impact on a wharf model. Coastal Engineering, 117, pp. 126-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2016.08.001.  Available online.

Lane, E.M., Mountjoy, J.J., Power, W.L., Mueller, C. (2016) Probabilistic Hazard of Tsunamis Generated by Submarine Landslides in the Cook Strait Canyon (New Zealand). Pure and Applied Geophysics, 173 (12), pp. 3757-3774. DOI: 10.1007/s00024-016-1410-0.  Available online.

Lane, E.M.; Mountjoy, J.; Power, W.L.; Popinet, S. 2016 Initialising landslide-generated tsunamis for probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment in Cook Strait. International Journal of Ocean and Climate Systems, 7(1): 4-13. Available online.

Power, W., Mountjoy, J., Lane, E., Popinet, S., Wang, X. (2016) Assessing landslide-tsunami hazard in submarine canyons, using the cook strait canyon system as an example  Science of Tsunami Hazards, 35 (3), pp. 145-166.

Power, W.L.; Wallace, L.M.; Mueller, C.; Henrys, S.A.; Clark, K.J.; Fry, B.; Wang, X.; Williams, C.A. 2016 Understanding the potential for tsunami generated by earthquakes on the southern Hikurangi subduction interface. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 59(1): 70-85. Available online.


Barberopoulou, A.; Wang, X.; Power, W.L.; Lukovic, B. 2015 Simulation of tsunami hazards affecting the East Cape region, New Zealand. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172(8): 2117-2137. Available online.

Borrero, J.C., Goring, D.G. (2015) South American Tsunamis in Lyttelton Harbor, New Zealand. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172 (3-4), pp. 757-772. 

Borrero, J.C., Goring, D.G., Greer, S.D., Power, W.L.  (2015) Far-Field Tsunami Hazard in New Zealand Ports. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172 (3-4), pp. 731-756. 

Lamarche, G., Popinet, S., Pelletier, B., Mountjoy, J., Goff, J., Delaux, S., Bind, J. (2015) Scenario-based numerical modelling and the palaeo-historic record of tsunamis in Wallis and Futuna, Southwest Pacific. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15 (8): 1763-1784. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-15-1763-2015

Mountjoy, J.J., Pecher, I., Henrys, S., Crutchley, G., Barnes, P.M., Plaza-Faverola, A.  (2015) Shallow methane hydrate system controls ongoing, downslope sediment transport in a low-velocity active submarine landslide complex, Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15(11): 4137-4156.

Mueller, C.; Power, W.L.; Fraser, S.A.; Wang, X. (2015) Effects of rupture complexity on local tsunami inundation : implications for probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment by example. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth,120(1):488-502.


Bell, R.; Holden, C.; Power, W.L.; Wang, X.; Downes, G.L. 2014 Hikurangi margin tsunami earthquake generated by slow seismic rupture over a subducted seamount. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 397: 1-9; doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.04.005

Fraser, S.A.; Power, W.L.; Wang, X.; Wallace, L.M.; Mueller, C.; Johnston, D.M. 2014 Tsunami inundation in Napier, New Zealand, due to local earthquake sources. Natural hazards, 70(1): 415-445; doi: 10.1007/s11069-013-0820-x

Lynett, P.J., Borrero, J.C., Son, S., Wilson, R.I., and Miller, K. (2014) Assessment of the tsunami-induced current hazard, Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 41(6), p. 2048–2055, 28 March 2014, DOI 10.1002/2013GL058680

Power, W.L. 2014 Tsunami hazard curves and deaggregation plots for 20km coastal sections, derived from the 2013 National Tsunami Hazard Model. Lower Hutt, NZ: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2013/59. 544 p.

Wallace, L.M.; Cochran, U.A.; Power, W.L.; Clark, K.J. 2014 Earthquake and tsunami potential of the Hikurangi subduction thrust, New Zealand : insights from paleoseismology, GPS, and tsunami modeling. Oceanography, 27(2): 104-117.


Borrero, J.C.; Bell, R.; Csato, C.; DeLange, W.; Goring, D.; Greer, S.D.; Pickett, V.; Power, W.L. 2013 Observations, effects and real time assessment of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami in New Zealand. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 170(6-8): 1229-1248; doi: 10.1007/s00024-012-0492-6

Fraser, S.A.; Power, W.L. 2013 Validation of GIS-based attenuation rule for indicative tsunami evacuation zone mapping. Lower Hutt: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2013/02. 18 p.

Jolly, A.D.; Power, W.L.; Fournier, N.; Wang, X. 2013 Capturing transient mass changes for the 2011 Tohoku tsunami on a spring gravity meter. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 103(2B): 1622-1627; doi: 10.1785/0120120104

Lane, E.M.; Gillibrand, P.A.; Wang, X.; Power, W.L. 2013 A probabilistic tsunami hazard study of the Auckland Region, Part II : inundation modelling and hazard assessment. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 170(9/10): 1635-1646; doi: 10.1007/s00024-012-0538-9

Power, W.L.; Tolkova, E. 2013 Forecasting tsunamis in Poverty Bay, New Zealand, with deep-ocean gauges. Ocean dynamics, 63(11/12): 1213-1232; doi: 10.1007/s10236-013-0665-6

Power, W.L.; Wang, X.; Lane, E.; Gillibrand, P. 2013 A probabilistic tsunami hazard study of the Auckland Region, Part I : propagation modelling and tsunami hazard assessment at the shoreline. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 170(9/10): 1621-1634; doi: 10.1007/s00024-012-0543-z


Power, W.L.; Wallace, L.M.; Wang, X.; Reyners, M.E. 2012 Tsunami hazard posed to New Zealand by the Kermadec and southern New Hebrides subduction margins : an assessment based on plate boundary kinematics, interseismic coupling, and historical seismicity. Pure and applied geophysics, 169(1/2): 1-36; doi:10.1007/s00024-011-0299-x

Prasetya, G.; Black, K.; de Lange, W.; Borrero, J.; Healy, T. 2012 Debris dispersal modeling for the great Sumatra tsunamis on Banda Aceh and surrounding waters. Natural hazards, 60(3): 1167-1188; doi:10.1007/s11069-011-9903-8


Clark, K.J.; Cochran, U.A.; Mazengarb, C. 2011 Holocene coastal evolution and evidence for paleotsunami from a tectonically stable region, Tasmania, Australia. The Holocene, 21(6): 883-895; doi: 10.1177/0959683610391317

Clark, K.J.; Power, W.L.; Nishimura, Y.; Kautoke, R.A.; Vaiomo'unga, R.; Pongi, A.; Fifita, M. 2011 Characteristics of the 29th September 2009 South Pacific tsunami as observed at Niuatoputapu Island, Tonga. Earth-science reviews, 107(1/2): 52-65; doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.12.001

Etienne, S.; Buckley, M.; Paris, R.; Nandasena, A.K.; Clark, K.J.; Strotz, L.; Chague-Goff, C.; Goff, J.; Richmond, B. 2011 The use of boulders for characterising past tsunamis : lessons from the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2009 South Pacific tsunamis. Earth-science reviews, 107(1/2): 76-90; doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.12.006

Jaffe, B.; Buckley, M.L.; Richmond, B.M.; Strotz, L.C.; Etienne, S.; Clark, K.J.; Watt, S.; Gelfenbaum, G.; Goff, J. 2011 Flow speed estimated by inverse modeling of sandy sediment deposited by the 29 September 2009 tsunami near Satitoa, east Upolu, Samoa. Earth-science reviews, 107(1/2): 23-37; doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.03.009

Power, W.L.; Gale, N.H. 2011 Tsunami forecasting and monitoring in New Zealand. Pure and applied geophysics, 168(6/7): 1125-1136; doi: 10.1007/s00024-010-0223-9

Prasetya, G.; Beavan, R.J.; Wang, X.; Reyners, M.E.; Power, W.L.; Wilson, K.J.; Lukovic, B. 2011 Evaluation of the 15 July 2009 Fiordland, New Zealand tsunami in the source region. Pure and applied geophysics, 168(11): 1973-1987; doi:10.1007/s00024-011-0282-6

Reese, S.; Bradley, B.A.; Bind, J.; Smart, G.; Power, W.L.; Sturman, J. 2011 Empirical building fragilities from observed damage in the 2009 South Pacific tsunami. Earth-science reviews, 107(1/2): 156-173; doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.01.009

Richmond, B.M.; Buckley, M.; Etienne, S.; Chague-Goff, C.; Clark, K.J.; Goff, J.; Dominey-Howes, D.; Strotz, L. 2011 Deposits, flow characteristics, and landscape change resulting from the September 2009 South Pacific tsunami in the Samoan Islands. Earth-science reviews, 107(1/2): 38-51; doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.03.008

Tolkova, E.; Power, W.L. 2011 Obtaining natural oscillatory modes of bays and harbors via Empirical Orthogonal Function analysis of tsunami wave fields. Ocean dynamics, 61(6): 731-751; doi:10.1007/s10236-011-0388-5

Uslu, B.; Power, W.L.; Greenslade, D.; Eble, M.; Titov, V. 2011 The July 15, 2009 Fiordland, New Zealand tsunami : real-time assessment. Pure and applied geophysics, 168(11): 1963-1972; doi:10.1007/s00024-011-0281-7

Wang, X.; Lie, P. L-F. 2011 An explicit finite difference model for simulating weakly nonlinear and weakly dispersive waves over slowly varying water depth. Coastal engineering, 58(2): 173-183; doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2010.09.008

Wright, K.C. (comp.); Beavan, R.J.; Daly, M.C.; Gale, N.H.; Leonard, G.S.; Lukovic, B.; Palmer, N.G.; Power, W.L.; Reyners, M.E.; Rosser, B.J.; Wallace, L.M.; Wang, X. 2011 Filling a critical gap in end-to-end tsunami warning in the Southwest Pacific : a pilot project in Samoa to create scientifically robust, community-based evacuation maps. Lower Hutt: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2011/53. 2 v.


Beavan, R.J.; Wang, X.; Holden, C.; Wilson, K.J.; Power, W.L.; Prasetya, G.; Bevis, M.; Kautoke, R. 2010. Near-simultaneous great earthquakes at Tongan megathrust and outer rise in September 2009. Nature, 466(7309): 959-964; doi:10.1038/nature09292

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