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Published December 9, 1966 | public
Journal Article

Air-Sea Waves from the Explosion of Krakatoa


The distant sea disturbances which followed the explosion of Krakatoa are correlated with recently discovered atmospheric acoustic and gravity modes having the same phase velocity as long waves on the ocean. The atmospheric waves jumped over the land barriers and reexcited the sea waves with amplitudes exceeding the hydrostatic values. An explosion of 100 to 150 megatons would be required to duplicate the Krakatoa atmospheric pressure pulse.

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© 1966 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received 26 August 1966.

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