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What is a tsunami?

Did you know that the word tsunami is a Japanese word? that means “big wave? in the harbor”? A harbor is the place where the boats are tied up.

Causes of the tsunami

A tsunami is also called a tidal wave. Most of the time, tsunamis are caused by earthquakes, by volcanic? phenomena, by an underwater explosion?, by meteorites?, and so on.

Tsunami Steps

  • Origin (for example an earthquake)
  • Spread (energy⚡️ that travels in water)
  • Breaking on the coasts (the wave that hit the coast)


The tsunami weight and speed are problematic. The wave can go as fast as 700 to 800 km∕h, that’s? really fast! The wave of a tsunami goes so fast that nobody can escape it, not even Usain Bolt??. You need to get away very quick, there’s no time to put gas⛽️in the car. A tsunami can measure a few hundred meters high and it destroys almost everything in its path (even cars and houses). Tsunamis are natural disasters.

With scientific instruments, we can detect the cause of a tsunami and try to predict it, but it is very difficult. There are tsunami worldwide watch alert?  centres that can help the population?‍?‍?‍? to evacuate.

In 2004, there was the biggest tsunami in the world!

  • It has affected 11 countries such as Thailand
  • It traveled a distance of 3000 meters in the Indian Ocean
  • It killed 220,000 people??

Tsunamis are very dangerous, it can happen everywhere, even in Canada??! There was a tsunami in Newfoundland in 1929. 27 persons died during that event.

If there is a tsunami, it is necessary to flee as far as possible in the land and in elevation, on a mountain? if possible. I hope the ocean is calm because I’m going to play at the beach this week.

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