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Analysis of potential seismic sources of tsunamis in the Black Sea region, using data from various catalogues

Emil Oynakov1, Liliya Dimitrova1, Lyubka Pashova1, and Dragomir Dragomirov2
Emil Oynakov et al.
  • 1National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2Sofia University "Sv. Kliment Ohridski"

Low-laying territories along the Black Sea coastal line are more vulnerable to the possible high (long) waves due to tsunami events caused by strong earthquakes in the active seismic regions. Historically, such events are rare in the Black Sea region, despite some scientific evidence of tsunamis and their recordings through continuous sea-level observations with tide gauges built in certain places along the coast. This study analyses seismic data derived from different international earthquake catalogues - NEIC, ISC, EMSC, IDC and Bulgarian national catalogue (1981 - 2019). A catalogue of earthquakes within the period covering the historical to the contemporary seismicity with magnitudes M ≥ 3 is compiled. The data are processed applying the software package ZMAP, developed by Stefan Wiemer ( The catalogues' completeness is calculated to assess the reliability of the historical data needed to assess the risk of rare tsunami events. The prevailing part of the earthquakes' epicentres are in the seismically active regions of Shabla, the Crimean peninsula, the east and southeast coast of the Black Sea forming six main clusters, which confirmed previous studies in the region. In these areas, several active and potentially active faults, which can generate tsunamigenic seismic events, are recognized.

Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank the Bulgarian National Science Fund for co-funding the research under the Contract КП-СЕ-КОСТ/8, 25.09.2020, which is carried out within framework of COST Action 18109 “Accelerating Global science In Tsunami HAzard and Risk analysis” (AGITHAR;

How to cite: Oynakov, E., Dimitrova, L., Pashova, L., and Dragomirov, D.: Analysis of potential seismic sources of tsunamis in the Black Sea region, using data from various catalogues, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-8278,, 2021.


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