Tsunamis are a series of massive waves that ripple out from the earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide or underwater detonation that caused them. These huge waves can travel thousands of miles across ocean basins. While out at sea, wave heights are small, but as a tsunami approaches shore, the rise of the continental slope means water levels are shallower, and the wave begins to narrow and become higher. Read below for the latest news on tsunamis and tsunami research.
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Why Do So Many Earthquakes Strike Japan?
Japan Earthquake - April 16, 2016
April 15th, 2016
A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck southern Japan today, less than two days after a 6.2-magnitude temblor rocked the same region, triggering tsunami advisories in the area. Why do so many earthquakes strike this part of the world?
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Monster Tsunami May Have Created Madagascar's Giant Sand Dunes
Africa from Space
January 13th, 2016
Sometime in the past 8,000 years, a meteor may have hit the Indian Ocean, triggering a monster tsunami that struck Africa, a new study suggests.
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Continental Collision Could Trigger California Tsunami
carlifornia borderlands area
June 1st, 2015
A network of undersea faults off the coast of Southern California could produce huge quakes that could send tsunami waves crashing into Los Angeles, new research suggests.
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7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia
Earthquake Off Sumatra - March 3, 2016
March 2nd, 2016
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, an island in western Indonesia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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Mega Tsunami with 500-Foot Waves Swallowed Ancient Island
A researcher chisels out a rock sample for dating. Scientists have found evidence that a tsunami triggered by a volcanic collapse swept huge boulders like this one into the highlands of the island of Santiago.
October 2nd, 2015
The 300-foot tsunami, which was triggered by a volcanic collapse, engulfed an island off the west coast of Africa some 730,000 years ago. The finding suggests similar disasters might pose a major hazard for people living on islands and coasts.
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The Odds of Dying
tornado lightning disaster
February 9th, 2016
There are many ways to go, but what are the odds, really?
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California Faces Threat of Earthquake-Triggered Tsunamis
Regional Peak Tsunami Map
September 6th, 2015
Californians may be used to hearing about the threat of potentially deadly earthquakes, but a new study finds that quake-triggered tsunamis pose a greater risk to Southern California than previously thought.
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