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Tsunami Zones Around the Planet; On a World Map

2004 Tsunami - Indian Ocean

2004 Tsunami - Indian Ocean

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.

Tsunami wave approaching the coast

Tsunami wave approaching the coast

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.

World Map - Tsunami Zones

World Map - Tsunami Zones

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?