Explore the links given below to find the answers to the following questions:
1. What does the word "tsunami" mean?
2. Tsunamis are often inaccurately referred to as "tidal waves" or
"seismic sea waves." Explain why neither of these terms correctly
describes a tsunami.
3. How do tsunamis differ from other water waves?
4. Discuss some natural events that can generate a tsunami?
Examples: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, underwarter
displacements of sediments, etc.
5. What happens to a tsunami as it approaches land and what happens when the tsunami encounters land?
6. Illustrate, through neat, labeled diagrams, the difference between a wind
generated wave and a tsunami wave.
7. List four major areas on Earth that are most likely to experience the effects
8. List at least five things one should do after a tsunami warning is issued.
9. What determines how destructive a tsunami will be near the origin and at
a distant shore?
10. Name at least three tsunamis (by geographic reference) that have
occurred in the 20th century.
This site explains the formation of a tsunami and the wave characteristics.
This site includes the physics behind the wave and information about tsunami warnings and safety.
This website explains where and how tsunamis are generated
Extensive information about tsunamis.
Brief information about tsunamis.
Information about causes and effects