"How to Survive from Tsunami" by Murata et al, is vol 32 of the Advanced Series on Ocean Engineering from World Scientific Books Chapter 2 has the introductory phenomenology and basic physics, and the how-to-survive bit. In view of recent events, WorldSci is putting it up on their website for free: Knowledge for Tsunami Survival (pdf) Obviously WorldSci would be grateful if you became interested enough to buy the whole book...(ToC pdf) - it actually looks quite interesting.