What Tsunamis Are

A tsunami happens when underwater plate tectonics shift drastically causing a earthquake which , causes the water to create a tsunami. Some tsunamis can be up to 100 feet tall and even more! 80% of tsunamis happen within the "Ring of Fire" which is located in the Pacific Ocean.

The Effects of a Tsunami

A tsunami is so powerful that it can clear lands of homes,trees, and can kill animals and humans. Peoples' homes are destroyed so they have to pay money to build another house. The mental toll can be horrible because when you lose your house,you lose pictures and items in your house. They can clear out populations of animals. Tsunamis can have risk of diseases from the contaminated water.

Weathering. Erosion. Deposition

A tsunami can spread across the Gulf of Mexico and reach Texas. Tsunamis can erode away beaches and land. It can carry away things such as houses and cars. The tsunamis can drop animals from the oceans onto land, and can drop land items into the ocean. Weathering, erosion, and deposition happen during tsunamis.

Japan's Tsunami

On March 11, 2011, a tsunami hit the city of Sendai, Japan. The tsunami killed thousands of people. It caused many disturbances like loss of power, and contamination. People lost their houses, so they had no place to stay and nothing to eat. The tsunami was a magnitude of 9.0. That was one of the biggest tsunamis in history!