Newswise — Since he was a graduate student, Sunny has worked under Dr. Juan Horrillo, associate professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering and leader of the Texas A&M University at Galveston Tsunami Research Group, on a National Science Foundation-funded project focusing on volcanic tsunami modeling.

In the last 250 years, they said about a fourth of all fatalities directly attributable to volcanic eruptions are due to the tsunamis caused by the eruption. Additionally, the two deadliest non-tectonic tsunamis are from the 1883 Krakatoa eruption and Japan's Mount Unzen lava dome collapse in 1792. More recently, in December 2018, a tsunami followed an eruption and partial collapse of the Anak Krakatau volcano, leaving more than 400 dead and over 14,000 people injured.

While the technology behind tsunami research has modernized and advanced, there are still many unknowns associated with underwater volcanic tsunamis, including the characterization of tsunami waves and the relationship between the source eruption mechanism and wave generation.

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