By: Patrick Lowdermilk

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What is a tsunami?

A series of large waves that is caused by an underwater earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption.

How is it a hazard to humans

It causes major flooding and will drown humans

Most vulnerable regions

The pacific ocean is where tsunamis happen the most.

How is it measured

A tsunami is measured using its intensity, its amplitude, and its magnitude

Sumatra, Indonesia

  • December 26, 2004
  • A 9.1 underwater earthquake of the coast of Indonesia caused an estimated 1300 Km pond tsunami. The tsunami was at least 50m tall. It caused 10 billion US dollars worth of damage.

North Pacific Coast, Japan

  • March 11, 2011
  • A 9.0 underwater earthquake caused a tsunami that was traveling at 800Km per hour with 10M high waves that killed over 18,000 people. it caused $235 billion dollars worth of damage.

How to prepare

  • Plan an evacuation plan incase of a tsunami
  • Make a disaster supplies kit
  • Have a tsunami warning system in your home