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Tsunami

Tsunamis are a series of very long waves generated by any rapid, large-scale disturbance of the sea. Most are generated by sea floor displacements from large undersea earthquakes. Tsunamis can cause great destruction and loss of life within minutes on shores near their source, and some tsunamis can cause destruction within hours across an entire ocean basin.

Most tsunamis occur in the Pacific region but they are known to happen in every ocean and sea. Although infrequent, tsunamis are a significant natural hazard with great destructive potential. They can only be dealt with effectively through programs of warning, mitigation, and education.

 


     
displacement   to force something or someone out of its usual or original position
     
hazard   something that is dangerous and likely to cause damage
     
mitigation   Mitigation is a reduction in the unplesantness, seriousness
     
 
 
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