Tsunamis

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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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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2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Had Deadly Predecessors
2004 tsunami
April 28th, 2015
Indian Ocean tsunamis destroyed one of the world's most important silk-route ports in the 15th century, new research finds.
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Are Ocean Asteroid Impacts Really a Serious Threat?
An artist's concept of an asteroid, poised to strike the Earth.
December 31st, 2014
A new simulation predicts that relatively small asteroids could cause big waves on the U.S. coastline, but not everyone thinks the threat is real.
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Ten Years After Indonesian Tsunami, Are Coasts Any Safer?
Sri Lankan man recovering from tsunami
December 28th, 2014
Ten years ago we witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in history, when a huge earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a devastating tsunami which swept across the Indian Ocean.
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Nature's Fury: Gripping Images of Natural Disasters
Campo tornado (Oklahoma, 2010)
November 13th, 2014
From earthquakes to volcanic eruptions to hurricanes, natural disasters reveal the fearsome power of Mother Nature. Scientists are studying these phenomena to better understand them and find better ways to predict and prepare for them.
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2011 Japan Tsunami Unleashed Ozone-Destroying Chemicals
An aerial view of damage to Sukuiso, Japan, a week after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area in March, 2011.
April 3rd, 2015
The 2011 Japan tsunami released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air.
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Tsunami Science: Advances Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tragedy
Indian Ocean Tsunami
December 26th, 2014
As the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami approaches on Dec. 26, greatly expanded networks of seismic monitors and ocean buoys are on alert for the next killer wave.
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