What is a Tsunami? Facts & Information - Geography for Kids | Educational Videos by Mocomi

  • Published on:  5/22/2013
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    Tsunami is a Japanese word meaning harbour (tsu) wave (nami).

    Animals can sense a tusnami approaching because of their superior sense of hearing. People who have survived tsunamis say that it sounds like standing near a moving freight train.

    There are Tsunami warning systems attached to buoys in the ocean that transmit data about the ocean and serve as a warning system.

    If the water along a shoreline begins to recede dramatically, it most likely means that a tsunami will follow in a few seconds or minutes.

    A tsunami is not just one wave but a series of waves or a “wave train.”

    Did you know? Facts

    - When tsunamis are near the coast, they slow down but increase in height.

    - Tsunamis used to be referred to as tidal waves but aren’t anymore because they have nothing to do with the tides.

    - Some tsunamis may not appear on shore as a huge wave but as a quickly surging tide.


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