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Tsunamis

Mar 10, 2011

Tsunami is Japanese for "harbor wave" but a lot of people call them tidal waves. However, Tsunamis have nothing to do with the tide. They are destructive, giant waves that pack enough energy to smash towns to pieces and take the unprepared with them. Tsunamis are triggered by volcanic eruptions (above and below ground), landslides, earthquakes and even asteroids or comets.

Tsunamis - How Do They Happen?

The most common cause of tsunamis is when the seafloor buckles because of an undersea earthquake. The waves can travel at speeds up to 600 miles per hour in the open sea - fast enough to keep up with a jetliner. They can reach heights of up to 100 feet in shallow coastal waters. The waves can continue to pound the coastline for several hours with many hours between each wave.

Tsunamis - Tragedy Strikes Japan

On March 11, 2011 a ferocious tsunami triggered by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast, sweeping away people, cars and homes. The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake unleashed a seven-metre tsunami and was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. A magnitude 6.6 earthquake also struck the central part of the country after the first huge quake hit offshore. Japan’s huge earthquake brought the super-modern city of Tokyo to a standstill, paralyzing trains that normally run like clockwork and stranding massive crowds of people who couldn't even use their cellphones because of power outages.

Tsunamis - Tragedy Strikes Asia

A tsunami with waves that reached up to 32 feet (10 meters) high, hit more than nine different Asian countries in late December 2004. The countries affected included Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia. Sri Lanka was the hardest hit with approximately 1.5 million people displaced from their homes. Due to the magnitude of damage, it has been impossible to get a definitive number on the victims of this tragedy, but officials estimate that more than 200,000 people died as a result of the tsunami. Aid agencies like the Red Cross appealed for donations during the months following the natural disaster and continue to help those in the affected areas.

Tsunamis - The Deadly History

In the Pacific, there were 17 tsunamis between 1992 and 1996 that took approximately 1,700 lives. The deadliest recorded tsunami in history, before the 2004 Indian Ocean incident, happened after the Krakatoa Volcano erupted in 1883, in Indonesia. About 36,000 died from the eruption and resulting tsunamis. Hawaii has seen 13 significant tsunamis, mostly from earthquakes along the edge of the Pacific basin. A 55 foot wave hit the Big Island and a 54 foot wave hit Molokai in 1946, followed by a 53 foot wave hitting Kauai in 1957.

Previous to 2004, the last Pacific-wide tsunami happened in 1964 in Alaska when an earthquake occurred in Prince William Sound. The result was four giant waves that destroyed towns and cities as far as Crescent City, California. The waves reached 20 feet high and traveled at 500 miles per hour. The earthquake, that was rated 8.4 on the Richter scale, caused a total of 120 deaths including 11 who died in Crescent City.

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When Do Tsunamis Hit?

  • During the night.
  • During the day.
  • During the winter months.
  • Anytime of the day or year.

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Cutepandicorn
Cutepandicorn posted in Debating:
I sleep with my socks on winter time. Not summer time. 
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drowning
drowning posted in Debating:
"Awesome Angel" wrote: I dont care what you think! You can go fly a kite! I do not support gays. If some girls want to walk on the street with literally no clothes on, is that fine too?Thats their way of expressing themselves! But then, they are lost anyway, so who cares?It doesnt matter if you are gay or not, if you are not a Christian!  THE BIBLE:Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the ######## immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. SO FLY A KITE if you think you can be a gay christian. Now, now. Calm down. And, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But, you, young lady, have carried yourself around on this forum as a heavy homophobic whether you would like to admit it or not.   How someone else dresses shouldn't concern you. Just because someone might wear more than another, doesn't always make them any less modest. And just because someone has one religion than another, doesn't make much difference. Does it alter your life in a personal way? Does someone being gay alter your life in a personal way? Or what about if someone chooses to wear a skirt over pants? No, it doesn't. Because it shouldn't concern you. Here's a clue: Not everyone believes in the same things that you do nor are they going to view it the exact same, Christian or not. If I believed in God, but I didn't see things the exact same way that you do, does that make me any less of a believer?   My, my, you really like the phrase "go fly a kite." Anyways, hate to break it to you, but sexuality actually has nothing to do with what religion you decide to be as well. You can be gay and Christian while you can be bisexual and Muslim.
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Emaans
Emaans posted in Debating:
oh ok sorry
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drowning
drowning posted in Debating:
"AmazingAngel11" wrote:SO YOU CAN GO TO HELL IF YOU DONT LIKE THE BIBLE."AmazingAngel11" wrote:Just......go to  hell. Literally. "AmazingAngel11" wrote:Well... we shall see what you do when you are in hell. :devil This is a prime example on how to get your arrogant account locked.
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CloudNineGirl
CloudNineGirl posted in Debating:
"AwesomeAngel" wrote:  The bible says: Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the  immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. I am christian. I believe that if they dont get saved and quit theyre freaking lifestyle, they will go to hell. Dont you dare call me ####  phobic, either. I am not afraid of gays. homophobia; dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. i'm a christian and i believe that everyone should have the right to actively live the lifestyle they choose. what did gay people ever do to you? what's wrong with love? it's people like you who give christian's a bad name. it's 2017, get a grip of your prejudice ways! god would be ashamed at this kind of behaviour. your bigotry makes me sick!
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