Tsunami Etymology and History

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is a series of water waves caused by the displacement of a large volume of a body of water, typically an ocean or a large lake. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions (including detonations of underwater nuclear devices), landslides, glacier calving, meteorite impacts and other disturbances above or below water all have the potential to generate a tsunami.

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Tsunami Etymology and HistoryBy khushimadan What is tsunami?Atsunami(plural: tsunamis or tsunami; fromJapanese:, lit. "harbor wave";[1]English pronunciation:/sunmi/soo-nah-meeor/tsunmi/tsoo-nah-mee[2]) is a series of water waves caused by the displacement of a large volume of a body of water, typically an ocean or alarge lake.Earthquakes,volcanic eruptionsand otherunderwater explosions(including detonations of underwaternuclear devices), landslides,glacier calving,meteorite impactsand other disturbances above or below water all have the potential to generate a tsunami.[3] Tsunami waves do not resemble normalsea waves, because their wavelength is far longer. Rather than appearing as a breaking wave, a tsunami may instead initially resemble a rapidly risingtide, and for this reason they are often referred to astidal waves. Tsunamis generally consist of a series of waves withperiodsranging from minutes to hours, arriving in a so-called "wave train".[4]Wave heights of tens of meters can be generated by large events. Although the impact of tsunamis is limited to coastal areas, their destructive power can be enormous and they can affect entire ocean basins; the2004 Indian Ocean tsunamiwas among the deadliest natural disasters in human history with over 230,000 people killed in 14 countries bordering theIndian Ocean. TheGreekhistorianThucydidessuggested in 426 BC t

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