The upper portions of the Earth's atmospheric layer, e.g., the ionospheric plasma layer, can be significantly affected by perturbations generated in the lower layers. In fact, all perturbations formed within the troposphere can easily propagate, not only horizontally within the layer but also vertically reaching the highest regions of the atmosphere far from the Earth's surface, as depicted by the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) approximation of atmospheric waves. Because all perturbations generated in the atmospheric boundary layer must take into account the effects of the medium's nonlinearity and thus the effects of atmospheric turbulence, in this work the impact of a strong seismic event and the disturbances generated in the flow are analyzed by means of a fully nonlinear model which incorporates a simple parametrization of the seismic event and is based on the classical shallow water. A strict dependence was observed between the model control parameters and the vertical nonvanishing modes from the WKB approximation, and only few specific bands of excited modes are nonvanishing and can eventually propagate to the ionosphere. Moreover, the flow disturbance, generated by a seismic event, presents a multiscale nature characterized by two fixed wavelengths, and the excited modes are harmonics of such distinctive scales.
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