Tsunami Generation Causes

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Essay #: 052658
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Abstract
This paper shall discuss the causes that create tsunamis.
Tsunami Generation Causes
The term tsunami comes from the Japanese language and can be translated as “harbor wave.” Although these powerful burst of waves are not limited to harbor areas, tsunamis occur at greater rates in Japan than elsewhere in the world. The term tsunami was adopted for a 1963 world conference on the phenomenon that had gained notoriety because of a 1960 disaster caused by a 9.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile. Seismic movements are significant enough to cause earthquakes, are in turn, the leading cause that precedes tsunami events. As a result of the tectonic movements, a powerful surge of water is typically thrust away from the epicenter. A...
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Good links for graphics/ charts:
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/ocean/visualizations/tsunami.html