Tsunami General

Topics: Tsunami, 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, Papua New Guinea Pages: 2 (405 words) Published: June 20, 2012
Personally I would start with the first recorded tsunami, which if wikipedia is right was as far back as 426 BC. To me that is shocking because I hadn't heard of Tsunamis until late 1990's, so the fact that this isn't a "new" phenomenom is a little surprising to me.

Then I would have a small paragraph on what causes tsunamis.

Then I would decide since you only have 2000 words if I want to focus on the dollar destruction, the lives destruction, or the infrastructure destruction. You may be able to hit on each one a little, but one you should go more in depth on.

I would likely end with my surprise in the rise (at least I think there must be a rise in them) in tsunamis in the last 15 years or so, maybe with a speculation as to why that is.

Good luck!

Tsunami are notorious natural hazards causing destruction to life, infrastructures, economies and environments. These highly destructive waves have wreaked havoc in the last decade, predominantly in coastal settlements of South-Pacific Asia; as partly demonstrated in Flores, Indonesia in1992 (Tsuji et al., 1995), in Hokkaido, Japan in 1993 (Shuto and Matsutomi, 1995; Shimamoto et al., 1995) and in Papua New Guinea in 1998 (Goldsmith et al., 1999; Kawata et al., 1999). The effects of tsunami in a human context can be attributed to what was previously said where the listed targets of destruction all involve some human aspect. The involvement of a human aspect with tsunami, transforms the giant displacements of water into a natural disaster. In this essay we wish to discuss how tsunami are natural disasters in a human context. This will be achieved by reviewing the human environmental damage caused by tsunami. In particular, two infamous tsunami events of the 21st century will be explored: The Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 and the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami.

The origins of a tsunami can be traced to the large displacement of water due to disturbances to the body of water usually by sub-oceanic earthquakes. This...
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