22 facts.com

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
You are here: Home » T » Tsunami

Tsunami Facts

Series of sea waves caused by earthquake, landslide or volcanic eruption under water.

  • Tsunami is a Japanese word. 'Tsu' means to harbor and 'nami' to wave.
  • The tsunami waves are also called tidal waves.
  • A Tsunami is generated by an earthquake when there is a substantial and sudden displacement of a massive amount of water caused by the earthquake.
  • Tsunami can travel long distances without a great loss of energy
  • A Tsunami can travel an ocean in less than a day at speeds of 500 miles an hour.
  • The height of a tsunami wave is less than a foot on the surface of an open ocean which can be unnoticed by sailors.
  • The Indian Ocean Tsunami that occured in December 2004 has waves reported to be as high as 30 feet or 9 meters. As many as 200,000 people died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy.
  • The largest tsunami in the history were generated in Marmara Sea in Turkey after the lzmit earthquake in 1999.
  • The International warning system for tsunamis in the Indian Ocean was set up in June 2006.
  • Greek historian Thucydides suggested in 426 B.C. that tsunamis were related to submarine earthquakes
  • The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is considered the deadliest so far killing 230,000 people in 14 countries.
  • Japan has built many tsunami walls of up to 4.5 metres (15 ft) to protect populated coastal areas.
  • On April 11, 2012, a series of earthquakes, including two measuring a magnitude of 8.6 and 8.2 have hit West Coast off Indonesia.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Comments





Contact Us | Privacy Policy
© 2011-2016 All rights reserved.