QUESTIONS

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
   of tsunamis.

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.
LINKS

Physics of a Tsunami
This site explains the formation of a tsunami and the wave characteristics.

Tsunami: the Great Waves
This site includes the physics behind the wave and information about tsunami warnings and safety.

NOAA Tsunami Center
This website explains where and how  tsunamis are generated

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Extensive information about tsunamis.

Tsunami Characteristics
Brief information about tsunamis.

What is a Tsunami?
Information about causes and effects