Storm Event

Severity ? 1


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Receptor and Consequence

In this event, Lisbon was strucked by an earthquake of 8.7 magnitude generating tsunami that caused damage and killed many people in Portugal and surrounding areas (Haslett and Bryant, 2008). The tsunami also propagated up north towards Plymouth (Devon), Isles of Scilly, and Cornwall (Hickey, 1997). Four waves were reported over a period of two hours up to 6mOD high (Foster et al., 1991). These oscillations caused sand sheets to be deposited at Stonehouse Creek, Plymouth and in Bog Pool on St. Agens in the Isles of Scilly, as well as boulders to be deposited at Lamorna Cove, Cornwall (Haslett and Bryant, 2008). No casualties were reported from England in this event.

Summary Table

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  2. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at:
  3. Foster, I. D. L., Albon, A. J., Bardell, K. M., Fletcher, J. L., Jardine, T. C., Mothers R. J., Pritchard, M. A., and Turner, S. E. (1991). ‘High energy coastal sedimentary deposits: an evaluation of deposi- tional processes in southwest England’. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol. 16, 341–356.