A Tsunami in Santa Cruz Out of all the natural disasters that we talk about in class, the most deadly would have to be a Tsunami. Compared to earthquakes, Tsunamis have cause more deaths since 1945. A Tsunami is likely to strike anywhere on the west coast, including Santa Cruz in California – United States – North America – 36:58:24N 122:02:09W. A Tsunami is a giant “wave” of water that is caused by a sudden shift in the sea floor. The wave is a result of the water attempting to regain its equilibrium, which is driven by gravity.
Environmental Science Tsunamis A tsunami (soo-NAH-mee) is a series of waves that occur in an ocean or other large body of water and that are caused by some activity that displaces big amounts of water. Tsunami is the Japanese word for "harbor wave." Earthquakes that occur on the seafloor or in coastal areas usually cause tsunamis. The energy generated by the earthquake is transmitted through the water. In deep oceans the energy in these seismic sea waves can travel virtually unnoticed because the wave height may be only twelve inches.
What are Tsunamis? Tsunamis (pronounciation: soo-ná-mees), are a progression or series of huge and gigantic waves formed by underwater disturbances such as • Landslides • Earthquakes • Volcanic eruptions • Meteorites Tsunamis are also called “Seismic sea waves.” A tsunami can move hundreds of miles per hour in the open sea and crash into the land with waves as high as 100 feet or more. The Word The word “Tsunami” has been derived from the Japanese language meaning “harbor wave,” due to the devastating effects these waves have had on low-lying Japanese coastal communities. Speed of Tsunamis The speed of tsunami waves relies upon ocean depth rather than the distance from the source of the wave. Tsunami waves may travel as fast as jet planes over profound waters, only slowing down when reaching shallow waters.
In open and deep waters, a tsunami may have a wavelength of 125 miles and a height around 1.5 feet making it almost impossible to recognize. However, when a tsunami hits shallower waters, the height of the wave starts to increase. Shallow waters cause the waves to slow down, which results in a shorter wavelength. Once a wave reaches the shoreline, a tsunami can amazingly reach as high as 130 feet up in the air. Often, tsunamis are mistaken as tidal waves, but they are not the same thing.
(Based on the December 26th attack) What Are Tsunamis, and What Causes Them? Tsunamis are ocean waves produced by earthquakes or underwater landslides. The word is Japanese and means "harbor wave," because of the devastating effects these waves have had on low-lying Japanese coastal communities. A tsunami is a series of waves that can travel at speeds averaging 450 (and up to 600) miles per hour in the open ocean. As the waves approach the coast, their speed decreases and their amplitude increases.
Earthquakes can be predictable, and unpredictable. They can be harmless, or your worst nightmare. The consequences of natural disasters are unimaginable and it is impossible to fully comprehend the thoughts running through the heads of those left homeless or family less. On March 11, 2011, Japan’s coast was hit by a tsunami, its results affecting almost everywhere in the world. “A tsunami (pronounced soo-NAHM-ee) is a series of huge waves that occur as the result of a violent underwater disturbance, such as an earthquake or volcanic eruption.
Tsunamis have affected our world for as long as anyone can remember. Their destructive nature has ended and permanently damaged many people 's lives, cost countries billions of dollars, and has changed the world physically and emotionally. Tsunamis are a part of nature that can’t be taken away. They are one of the worst and deadliest natural disasters Mother Nature could throw on us. Tsunamis have a big part in the way we live our lives today.
The waves, wind, tides and currents all play a part in the mechanism that is coastal erosion. When water and wind batter the shoreline sediments are carried out to sea and deposited on the sea floor or at other points along the coastline. This is called an erosional coastline. This erosion may be very apparent or seem to have happened overnight when it happens due to a large storm or extremely high tide. So all coastlines are subject to this abuse from the oceans hence all coastlines suffer from erosion?
Unlike other geographical events which may be equally destructive the potential for a Tsunami to affect heavily urbanized areas around the world presents the possibility of a Tsunami to result in a catastrophic loss of life. As a Tsunami has profound potential to cause adverse effects upon human populations is the basis for my consider that a Tsunami is the most dangerous form of natural disaster. Although not all costal regions are subject to the same severity or likelihood of Tsunamis due to the different sets of geological conditions around the world, however threats still exists. The most destructive Tsunamis are formed by earthquakes occurring along a submissive fault line which results i... ... middle of paper ... ...have been so profound if the Tsunami struck in a less populated or developing region; However the destructive force of the Tsunami was exponentially increased by the long term devastation resulting from the collapse of the advanced technologies of the region, in particular the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor. Much like Japan developed regions such as Vancouver, Seattle, and San Francisco could also suffer from a devastating Tsunami and much like Japan and the very technologies created to improve our life could be the greatest cause of long term destruction.
A tsunami can strike anywhere along most of the U.S. coastline. The most destructive tsunamis have occurred along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. Actually, tsunami not only happened within the U.S., also at Chile, Japan, Netherland and some countries nearby