The Force of Nature

A Basic Introduction

The name ‘tsunami’ is Japanese. It means harbor wave. Tsunamis used to be called tidal waves, but they actually have nothing to do with the tides.

Scientist try to predict tsunami's, even though it's near impossible to predict them.When one is made or formed, detection tools can just predict when it will hit land.This is the word tsunami on Japanese,津波.

More into the World of Tsunamis...

Tsunami are formed in normal sea waves or tides in the outer sea. Tsunamis are one of the worlds deadliest natural forces/disasters. There have been a tsunami so sad and depressing, with the tsunami that happened in the Indian Ocean and hit near by countries. This tsunami have killed more than 230,000 people and gave people disease.

How are tsunamis formed?

The maker of tsunamis is the lost of a large portion of water of the sea. This lost of water is usually connected to either earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, large icebergs breaking or more rarely by meteorites from space and nuclear tests like bombs and missiles.

Japan tsunami's

While Japan may have the largest reactors history of tsunamis, the sheer destruction of tsunami frighten the Japanese. The reason Japan have so many tsunamis is because Japan lays on a large earthquake fault which means they get a lot of earthquakes. Some of which are very strong. Strong earthquakes in the ocean can cause lots of tsunamis.
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The 2011 Tōhkoku earthquake and tsunami

This is probably the tsunami you have heard about on the news. This tsunami happened in Japan. The earthquake magnitude of 9.0 Mw. It was a undersea mega thrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 Jst (05:46 Utc) on Friday 11 March 2011.