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Facts About Tsunamis

by Gina Marie Capatar

 

We have all been recently under immense shock on what has
happened in some of the regions of Asia last December 26, 2004,
just a day after a joyous Christmas Celebration on the
paradise-like place of Phuket and on the island of Sri Lanka,
happened a great tragedy with the toll of dead people reaching
about 135,000 now and left many of people injured, homeless and
struggling to survive. 

Here are some of the facts that you may want to know about
Tsunamis and how you can probably save lives, not your just
your own, but the lives of you loved ones as well.

- Before the first wave of the tsunami hits, the shoreline
recedes tremendously and it may even expose the sea or ocean
floor and leave a bounty of fishes dry. If you happen to see
this, never let your curiosity get the better of you and
immediately run to higher ground. 

- A tsunami can be a series of waves and mostly, the first wave
is the less intense of all.

- Tsunamis only affect shallow waters or coastal areas.  When
tsunamis hit the deep areas of water, it just comes off as an
average big ocean wave.  The Physics of tsunamis indicates that
as it travels into shallow water, its height increases even
reaching up to a hundred meters (100 m) in height in extreme
cases.

- An Earthquake is not the only cause of Tsunami, Tsunamis can
also be generated from meteorites falling on a large body of
water, a volcanic eruption, landslide or from any occurence
that displaces a large amount of water.

- Animals domestic or wild can detect approaching tsunamis or
any disturbance that affect normal everyday occurences.  As
observed from the Tsunami that hit last Dec. 26, 2004, the
statistics of animals that were affected by the Tsunami were
very very small and even negligible compared to the human
casualties. Scientist and animal experts attribute this to the
keen, attuned and senstitive senses of animals as compared with
the senses of humans.

- Tsunamis can also be earlier detected with a Tsunameter, a
device that can detect an approaching Tidal Wave.
Unfortunately, only a few countries could afford this device.
Sri Lanka has considered aqcuiring one but that project was not
pushed through.

These are just a few facts that you may want to know about
Tsunamis.  Tsunamis are deadly and may cause destruction of
lives, properties, and the destruction of an entire place  The
best weapon against this kind of unprecedented and unstoppable
occurence is a well educated and well informed public so that
even if properties may get washed away, lives may still be
saved.


About The Author: Gina Marie Capatar is the head writer of
http://www.isnare.com and is accepting freelance writing jobs.
She has done hundreds of content articles for a wide variety of
websites.