Extracted from text ... THE PHENOMENON WE CALL a tsunami is a
series of waves of extremely long wavelength
and long period generated in a body of water
by an impulsive disturbance that displaces
the water. Tsunamis are primarily associated
with earthquakes in oceanic and coastal
regions. Landslides, volcanic eruptions, nuclear
explosions, and even impacts of objects
from outer space (such as meteorites, asteroids,
and comets) can also generate tsunamis.
As the tsunami crosses the deep ocean, its
length from crest to crest may be a 160 km
or more, and its height from crest to trough
will only be about a metre. They ..
Extracted from text ... Although tsunamis occur most frequently
in the Pacific Ocean, they are
known to occur anywhere. Many
ancient descriptions of sudden and
catastrophic waves exist, particularly
in and around the Mediterranean Sea.
A large percentage of world cultures
share the legend of a Great Deluge or
Flood, which may have been inspired
by oral histories of real-life tsunamis.
5000 BC and before
In the North Atlantic Ocean, the
Storegga Slide was a major series of
sudden underwater land movements
over the course of the last 20 000
years, resulting in massive tsunamis
covering much of present-day Scotland.
Extracted from text ... HERE IS A LIST of the worst natural
disasters in recorded history.
Currently, the 2004 South Asia
tsunamis would have the highest
fatality count for a tsunami event,
surpassing a tsunami in 1896 that
killed 27 000 people in Japan.
2004 - South Asia
An earthquake causes tsunamis that
hit Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand
and other South Asian nations.
The death toll stands at more than
160 00 and is expected to rise
2003 - Iran
A 6, 3 quake devastates the city of
Bam, killing more than 50 000
1999 - Venezuela
The death toll is still ..