—Seismic–tectonic activity and sedimentary
instability processes can generate submarine landslides that
seriously damage seafloor infrastructures and generate large
destructive tsunamis if the slide volume is high (more than 1
km3). Sedimentary instability had resulted in a submarine mass
failure (SMF) along the North West Borneo Trough (NWBT).
This paper presents numerical simulations for a potential
landslide tsunami triggered by a SMF in NWBT by a
combination of TUNA-LS and TUNA-M2. TUNA-LS simulates
landslide tsunami generation based upon an empirical
formulation for landslide tsunami initialization. TUNA-M2
solves the 2-D non-linear shallow water equations for simulating
tsunami propagation, using tsunami initial conditions calculated
by TUNA-LS as input. This landslide tsunami is potentially
destructive, with source trough maximum wave height of 120 m.
The waves in the front propagate forward in the primary
dominant slide direction due northeast. Sabah, Brunei and
Sarawak are located in the direction perpendicular to this
primary dominant propagation direction. Hence the secondary
waves travel southeast towards Sabah, southwest towards
Brunei and Sarawak. Simulated offshore wave heights at 50 m
depth may reach 15 m to 20 m. Run-up wave heights may exceed
45 m to 60 m depending on locations, exposing communities to
—Brunei slide, landslide tsunami simulation,
North West Borneo trough, TUNA.
H. L. Koh is with the Sunway University Business School, Jalan
Universiti, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail:
W. K. Tan and S. Y. Teh are with the School of Mathematical Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia (e-mail:
M. F. Chai is with the Malaysian Meteorological Department, Jalan
Sultan, 46667 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Hock Lye Koh, Wai Kiat Tan, Su Yean Teh, and Mui Fatt Chai, "Simulation of Potentially Catastrophic Landslide Tsunami in North West Borneo Trough," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 889-895, 2016.