Tsunamis are giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea. They speed along as fast as jet planes. As they near land, these waves rear up to great heights and can drown whole islands. Historically tsunamis have been referred to as tidal waves, but that name is discouraged by oceanographers because tides have little effect on tsunamis.
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This incredibly helpful website contains lots of basic information about tsunamis.
This article is about the problems caused by tsunamis and the ways that people are coming up with to minimize tsunami related problems. It examines current methods as well as some future possibilities.
Dominey-Howes, Dale, and James Goff. "Tsunami Risk Management In Pacific Island Countries And Territories (Picts): Some Issues, Challenges And Ways Forward." Pure & Applied Geophysics 170.9/10 (2013): 1397-1413. Academic Search Complete. Web. 28 Mar. 2014.
This article offers some basic information about tsunamis and earthquakes. It talks about how to help someone who is first learning about tsunamis understand them by explaining things using examples and current events. This article has an excellent bibliography that can lead to some great tsunami resources.
Sardone, Nancy. "Exploring Earthquakes And Tsunamis." Science Scope 37.4 (2013): 38. Science Reference Center. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.
Japan is one of the most well-prepared countries in the world to deal with the threat of a tsunami. Warning systems are in place, and concrete sea walls wrap around much of the coastline. Bu...
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This article is about how even if a country is prepared for a tsunami, they can still be surprised by the magnitude of the damage that can occur. The article also talks about some of the problems Japan had and how to fix them as well as how to to better prepare other areas.
This is some basic information about tsunamis and the warning systems used for tsunamis. It's also some brief information about how important warning systems are because a tsunami can cause damage in lots of different areas. It's important to know that even in areas that don't frequently have tsunamis they can occur.
Igarashi, Y., et al. "Anatomy Of Historical Tsunamis: Lessons Learned For Tsunami Warning." Pure & Applied Geophysics 168.11 (2011): 2043-2063. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.
This article is about the probability of the Atlantic having tsunamis. The Pacific is much more known for tsunami issues but the Atlantic has had them too and this article provides information focusing on the Atlantic.
Geist, Eric L., and Tom Parsons. "Assessment Of Source Probabilities For Potential Tsunamis Affecting The U.S. Atlantic Coast." Marine Geology 264.1/2 (2009): 98-108.Academic Search Complete. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.
Here's another article that can possibly help predict a tsunami. One of my main focuses is tsunami prediction and preparedness and this article has information about weather changes that occurred before a tsunami. These changes help indicate if a tsunami is coming.
Vishnu, R., et al. "Abnormal Modulation Of Atmospheric Parameters During The Tsunami Of 2004." Current Science (00113891) 102.11 (2012): 1575. Science Reference Center. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.
This article is really interesting because it discusses the history of a particular tsunami. Part of my research is to try and find ways to become more informed about why a tsunami occurs and how to prepare for it. This article shows where the tsunami came from and relates it to more current tsunami issues. I think if we can find out more about why a tsunami in an area may occur we'll be able to predict them better and have more of a chance to warn people.
Rajendran, C. P., et al. "Evidence Of Ancient Sea Surges At The Mamallapuram Coast Of India And Implications For Previous Indian Ocean Tsunami Events." Current Science (00113891) 91.9 (2006): 1242. Science Reference Center. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.
This article talks about the damage caused by tsunamis. Tsunamis can cause lots of physical damage that costs a lot of money to repair as well as injuries to many people.
Wilson, Rick, et al. "Observations And Impacts From The 2010 Chilean And 2011 Japanese Tsunamis In California (USA)." Pure & Applied Geophysics 170.6-8 (2013): 1127-1147. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.
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