Image Credit - Wikimedia Commons
Mention the word 'Tsunami' and tragic and devastating scenes from the recent Japan Earthquake and Tsunami come to mind. Tsunami came into our vocabulary with the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami which was among the deadliest natural disasters in human history. A Tsunami is a series of water waves cased by displacement by a large volume of water. Tsunami's can be caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, glacier calvings, meterorite impacts and any other disturbance which can cause massive displacement of water.
If you remember the videos and pictures of actual Tsunami waves, Tsunami waves have a far longer wavelegth, they seem like a rapidly rising tide. (See image below) Did you know Wave heights of tens of metres can be generated by large events? The destructive power of Tsunamis is enormous.
Image Credits - Wikimedia Commons
World Map - Tsunami Zones
Check out the World Map (below) which illustrates Tsunami Zones of the world categorized into three parts; the red color shows high risk tsunami zone, Orange color shows moderate risk tsunami zone and yellow color shows the low risk tsunami zone.
Do you think Tsunami's are linked to Climate Change?
Add your comments in the comment section below, we have seem a lot of Tsunami activity in the last decade, what's your take on it?