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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How Extinct Undersea Volcanoes Trigger Rare 'Tsunami Earthquakes'
Tsunamis, like the one that stuck Aceh, Indonesia, cause serious flooding and submerge entire villages.
June 30th, 2014
Extinct volcanoes on the ocean floor get squashed by tectonic plates and create tsunami earthquakes.
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Cities are Failing to Cope with Global Challenges (Op-Ed)
The 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, disaster response
May 9th, 2014
The old German saying Stadt Luft Macht Frei (“urban air makes you free”) is the defining injunction of modernity. Modern western cities were launched as the vessels of liberation from a human era darkened by power and enchantment.
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Powerful Aftershock Shakes Chile
April 3rd, 2014
A strong aftershock rattled northern Chile late Wednesday night (April 2), a day after an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 triggered a tsunami in the region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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Could Gentle Caribbean Unleash a Devastating Tsunami?
ROV Hercules
May 20th, 2014
The Caribbean usually conjures images of white sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise water, but beneath the sea's tranquil surface, powerful forces are at work.
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Tsunami Survival Guide: What You Need to Know
Debris from Japanese Tsunami
April 24th, 2014
Would you know what to do if a tsunami hit?
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Chile Earthquake: Do Bigger Tremors Loom?
April 2nd, 2014
The earthquake that rocked Chile Tuesday struck in a stretch of the Pacific coast that had been alarmingly quiet for more than a century. Some worry that the rupture still has more built-up stress to unleash.
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Japan Earthquake: Shocks Linger Three Years Later
An aerial view of damage to Sukuiso, Japan, a week after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area in March, 2011.
March 11th, 2014
Millions of Japanese marked the third anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on Tuesday.
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Tsunami Facts You Need to Know
a big wave
April 18th, 2014
How much do you know about one of the most destructive forces in nature?
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Chile Earthquake Unleashes Tsunami ... and Sensors Track It
April 2nd, 2014
A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked Chile Tuesday night (April 1) originated at a rupture in the Earth's crust that has produced some of the world's strongest earthquakes in history.
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