600 years ago the Japanese placed ancient stone markers along the coastline to warn future generations not build there due to the risk of tsunamis cbsnews.com/news/ancient-…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
Today I learned of the severed feet of Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2007 at least 20 human feet have washed up on shore. It has been blamed on everything from a serial killer to plane crashes to a tsunami with the most likely explanation being some combination of these. longreads.com/2019/04/08/…
Today I learned of the SS Richard Montgomery, a sunken WW2 cargo ship carrying the equivalent of 1500 tons of TNT. If it explodes, it will generate a 5 meter tsunami, destroying coastal Kent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Out at sea, a tsunami is only about a metre high, and could pass a boat without being noticed. As it approaches the shore, it’s the sudden deceleration from about 800km/h to 50km/h which creates the immense wave noc.ac.uk/news/how-tsunam…
Today I learned about Japan’s 5pm bell, or national emergency broadcast system, that plays music each day at a specific time for over 90% of the country. The music is actually a daily test to ensure the system can inform residents of any major disasters (i.e. tsunami, industrial accident). japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
An ancient underwater temple, originally considered a myth, was discovered in India after a deadly Tsunami parted the sea, revealing it's location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
On June 7th, 1692 the pirate city, Port Royal, in Jamaica was rocked by a massive earthquake that shook the city into the ocean, leaving 2,000 souls burried under sand and brick. Shortly after the quake, a tsunami flooded what was left. whc.unesco.org/en/tentati…
Tourists at Yala National Park on Sri Lanka's SouthWest coast who fell victim to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami were unable to spot any wildlife on safari because the animals had sensed the tremor vibrations 4 days earlier and fled to higher ground jetwingeco.com/articles/e…
Today I Learned that tsunamis can happen in the Great Lakes, but they are caused by weather phenomenon, not by seismic activity. canr.msu.edu/news/are_the…
The Chicxulub Impact, the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, created a mega-tsunami that was over 330 feet tall. If the impact had struck the deep ocean rather than the shallow seas, the wave would have peaked at 2.9 MILES. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Michael Schumacher donated $10m in aid after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. This surpassed the amount given by any other individual, sports team/league, corporation, and even some countries. Schumacher's bodyguard Burkhard Cramer, and Cramer's two sons, were killed in the tsunami. edition.cnn.com/2005/SPOR…
Today I learned of Miki Endo, a Japanese emergency worker who gave her life during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, by continuing to broadcast warnings and alerts over the community loudspeaker as the tsunami overwhelmed the town of Minamisanriku. She was credited with saving many lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Today 60 years ago the strongest earthquake ever recorded occurred (9.5), so strong it sent a 10m tsunami wave 10,000km to Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
There was a second Fukushima nuclear power plant (Fukushima Daini), 10km to the south, that suffered the same crippling tsunami damage but was saved from meltdown by a capable leader and heroic staff. hbr.org/2014/07/how-the-o…
The electric car FOMM ONE is designed to float on water in the event of floods and tsunamis. gov-online.go.jp/eng/publ…
Howard Ulrich and his 7-year old son were fishing in Lituya Bay, Alaska, in 1958 when a landslide generated a 1,720ft tsunami, the largest in recorded history. He and his son both miraculously survived, being found nearly a mile from where they were anchored at the time the wave hit their boat. earthquake.alaska.edu/60-…
The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami killed 298 people and displaced more than 50,000 people in Somalia, a country on the Eastern Coast of Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
"Japan was changed forever by the devastating triple tragedy that unfolded on March 11, 2011, bringing an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis." "The total cost of the catastrophe has been put at $286 billion by the World Bank, making it the most expensive disaster of all time." nzherald.co.nz/world/news…
Last summer (2019) forty people were seriously injured when a wave pool in China malfunctioned and created a dangerous Tsunami! The pool was overcrowded and people smashed into each other and got bloody from the hard tiles at the bottom. The operator may or may not have been drinking. cnn.com/videos/world/2019…
A Magnetar Starquake occured on Dec.27, 2004 that would have probably registered Mag.23 on the Richter scale, blinding satellites and ionizing Earth's upper atmosphere. Coincidentally a day earlier, Dec. 26, saw the worst tsunami in modern history slate.com/technology/2012…
A mega-tsunami is expected to threaten both Europe and North America with millions of casualties when the western slope of La Palma in the Canary Islands collapses. youtu.be/6utAunBKXV4
Following their successful Billion Tree Tsunami campaign in 2017 to plant 1 billion trees, Pakistan launched the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign, vowing to plant 10 billion trees in the next 5 years independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
The August 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano "generated a pressure wave that . . . traveled 3-1/2 [3.5, three and one half] times around the world." "It produced the loudest sound ever recorded." "And it produced one of the most destructive and deadliest non-seismic tsunamis." usgs.gov/media/videos/pub…
Port Royal,visited in "Pirates of the Caribbean", was a real pirate city. An earthquake, resulting tsunami and soil liquefaction partially sank and completely destroyed the Jamaican town in 1692. The HMS Swan was washed from the harbor on to a roof top and was a haven for survivors. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned of Zahrul Fuadi, the man who survived through two of the largest killer tsunamis of the 21st century independent.co.uk/news/wo…
"A rule of thumb is that if you see the tsunami, it is too late to outrun it. Even small tsunamis (for example, 6 feet in height) are associated with extremely strong currents, capable of knocking someone off their feet," writes United States Geological Survey (USGS). usgs.gov/faqs/what-are-ts…
One of the few coastal areas to evacuate ahead of the 2004 tsunami was on the island of Simeulue. Due to island folklore recounting an earthquake/tsunami in 1907, the islanders fled inland following the initial shaking. Generational folklore saving the lives of the islanders 97 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
A 63m high tsunami had occurred in a fjord in Norway in the past, and had been caused by a rock face collapsing into the water, causing catastrophic damage. bolgen.tight.no
The Eruption of Krakatoa was so loud, it was heard over 3000 miles away, the equivalent of hearing a sound from Ireland while you're in Boston. It also ruptured the eardrums of sailors over 40 miles away, killed over 36 thousand due to the eruptions and subsequent tsunamis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
On a hill overlooking the ocean in Otsuchi Town in northeastern Japan is a phone booth known as the "Telephone of the Wind". It is connected to nowhere, but people come to "call" family members lost during the tsunami of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. spotlightenglish.com/list…
A 12 year old girl named Martina Maturana saved much of her village's population from being killed by a tsunami when she noticed boats moving up and down in the morning and ran to ring the warning bell independent.co.uk/news/wo…
There are stones called tsunami stones that dot the coastline of Japan. They read, β€œRemember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.β€œ nytimes.com/2011/04/21/wo…
Today I learned about popsicles that don’t melt. After the 2011 tsunami, scientists helping strawberry farmers in Japan salvage damaged crops accidentally discovered that liquid polyphenol extracted from the berries caused cream to solidify. This lead to Kanazawa Ice pops, which can stay frozen up to an hour. asahi.com/sp/ajw/articles…
Japan sits 4 tectonic plates, which is why Japan suffers from many earthquakes and tsunamis, and is why Japan has 110 active volcanoes. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
In the months after the 2011 quake in northeastern Japan, taxi drivers reported picking up "ghost passengers" in the coastal town of Ishinomaki where nearly 6,000 people died in the tsunami. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Switzerland had a Tsunami in 1806 that was caused by a landslide into a lake. It destroyed multiple villages and killed almost 500 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded was the 1960 Great Chilean earthquake. The resulting tsunami hit Japan 22 hours later, killing 138 people and destroying over 1600 homes. britannica.com/event/Chil…
That a Japanese Village was spared being destroyed during the 2011 tsunami by its huge seawall - a wall that its previous mayor had been harshly criticized for building scotsman.com/news/village…
Today I learned of Hideaki Akaiwa, a man who saved his wife and mother in the aftermath of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, by donning some scuba gear and swimming through waters filled with floating wreckage, to rescue them from their homes. huffpost.com/entry/hideak…
Cristiano Ronaldo funded the education of a 7 y.o. survivor of the horrific 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. The boy was found 21 days after the disaster, alone and wearing a Portuguese national football team jersey. The boy grew up to be a football player and was signed by Sporting Lisbon last year jakarta.coconuts.co/2015/…
- during the Krakatoa eruptions and resulting tsunamis, a javanese lighthouse keeper refused to leave his post, survived after the lighthouse collapsed, lost his wife and child, and built a makeshift light just a few hours afterward so that ships wouldn't run aground. awesomestories.com/asset/…
Shin Godzilla was inspired by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster/Tohoku tsunami. japantimes.co.jp/culture/…
On 21st of July 365 an earthquake affects the Greek island of Crete with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme) andhigher than 8.0 magnitude, causing a destructive tsunami that affects the coasts of Libya and Egypt, especially Alexandria. Many thousands were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/365…
The 2004 Thailand Earthquake & Tsunami was so powerful that it affected the Earth’s rotation and is believed to have shortened the length of a day by 2.68 microseconds nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005…
The largest wave ever recorded reached a peak height of over 1700 feet. It was the result a mega-tsunami that occurred in 1958 in Lituya Bay, Alaska - the largest tsunami of modern times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
It is a matter of when, not if, the Casdadia subduction zone will destroy the Pacific Northwest with an earthquake followed by a tsunami. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
There were ancient stone tablets in Japan's recent tsunami struck areas with inscriptions "Do not build your homes below this point!" nytimes.com/2011/04/21/wo…
Out of the 1,000 deaths in the Kamaishi City tsunami, only 5 were school-aged children. 3,000 children from two elementary schools were saved because one professor who survived a 2004 tsunami insisted on rigorous tsunami evacuation training. japanfs.org/en/news/archi…
One of the largest earthquakes in North American history occurred on January 26, 1700. It was only documented by oral history in the First Nations populations, and collaborated by a Japanese record of a tsunami around the same time. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
A 10 year old British girl saved nearly a hundred foreign tourists at Maikhao Beach in Thailand by warning beachgoers minutes before the arrival of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami. She learned about tsunamis in school just two weeks prior to the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
Tsunamis occasionally occur on Lake Michigan - often enough that experts are attempting to develop an early warning system for them. They have been deadly in the past. freep.com/story/news/loca…
Ferrari only produced 400 of their iconic 2005 Ferrari Enzo. The first 399 were sold in the public market, with the final 400th being gifted to Pope John Paul II which was then auctioned off for charity for $6M to help the victims of the 2005 tsunami in Southeast Asia. rmsothebys.com/en/auction…
Hawaii has a clock on a pole stopped at 1:04 am in a park as a memorial to the 61 people that died there in 1960 when a 20-ft tsunami hit the area, the clock was stopped by the wave. roadsideamerica.com/story…
After the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the yakuza sent hundreds of trucks filled with food, water, blankets, and sanitary accessories to aid the people in the affected areas of the natural disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
Today I learned about Tilly Smith who, at age 10, helped save her family and hundreds of tourists in Thailand from the 2004 tsunami by recognizing warning signs of a tsunami that she had learned in her geography class two weeks earlier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
A grown man is knocked over by ankle deep water if it's moving at 6.7 mph, by knee depth at 4 mph, and waist depth at 2.6 mph. This is one reason tsunamis are so dangerous. (Pdf) oregongeology.org/pubs/ca…
Today I learned about the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant, which survived the same earthquake/tsunami that destroyed Fukushima while being closer to the epicenter. In fact, it was used as a shelter afterwards en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
A "'hurricane wave...is nearly always described as a 'wall of water' advancing with great rapidity upon the coast line.'" It's possible "these rare waves are actual tsunamis, with the hurricane being the trigger which induces offshore slumps or landslides in the canyons or continental slopes." library.lanl.gov/tsunami/…
World's tallest ever recorded tsunami was in Alaska in 1958, caused by a 40 million cubic yard (30.6 million cubic meter) landslide after an earthquake the wave reached 1720 feet (524m) up the mountainsides. geology.com/records/bigge…
The Yakuza (a criminal organization primarily based in Japan) often extend relief efforts for tsunamis and earthquakes, and in some cases even respond faster than the government reuters.com/article/us-ya…
During the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami on 26 December 2004, fishermen said they saw with their own eyes "the reality of generations of legends . . . the remains of ancient temples and hundreds of refrigerator-sized blocks, all briefly exposed before the sea swallowed them up again." cbsnews.com/news/tsunami-…
The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was so devastating that Northern Sumatra's 28 year long insurgency ended. Both the insurgent GAM and Indonesian military laid down their arms to allow international aid, which brought the conflict to international (Finnish) mediation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa (one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history) was so powerful that it ruptured the eardrums of sailors 64km (40mi) away, created tsunamis over 40 metres high, and was so violent that it was heard 3,110km (1,930mi) away in Australia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
Some scientists have predicted that Spain and Portugal are due to be hit by a catastrophic tsunami dubbed "La Gran Ola". The last time it was hit by one of this magnitude was in 1755. gentside.co.uk/earth/scie…
A Harley washed up onshore in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia after being swept away in the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. It was sent back to Japan to be restored by Harley-Davidson and returned to its owner. He instead opted it be placed in a museum as a memorial to the victims of the disaster. archive.jsonline.com/busi…
The 2011 Japanese tsunami brought living Japanese wildlife to Canada and the US sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Ancient stone slabs in Japan had the following message: β€œHigh dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.” denverpost.com/2011/04/06…
During the 17th or 16th century BC, the Minoan eruption caused a giant tsunami wave that devastated the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, Greece. This catastrophic event is believed to have served as the inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis 2000 years ago. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
"earthquakes associated with tsunamis are referred to as 'tsunamigenic' earthquakes." dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/file…
One of the earliest weapons of mass destruction was used during the Siege of Antwerp in 1585. A Dutch explosive fire ship containing 4 tons of explosive rammed a fortified Spanish bridge, killing 800 spaniards, causing a small tsunami, and vibrating windows 22 miles away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Japan's coast is dotted with "tsunami stones" smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
An Alaskan man found a Soccerball that had washed up ashore with Japanese writing on it. He discovered that the ball belonged to a Japanese teenager who lost it in a Tsunami newsfeed.time.com/2012/04…
Japan used $30 million of their Tsunami relief funds to support whaling news.discovery.com/earth/…
The copyright battle between the owners of Hello Kitty and Miffy ended after the Japanese Tsunami, when they agreed to immediately settle the case and donate their anticipated legal fees to the Tsunami Relief Effort. sg.news.yahoo.com/japans-…
A motorcycle swept away by the Japanese tsunami washed up on the shore in Canada, the owner was identified and the motorcycle was returned. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about the British tsunami of 1607 that flooded the south east of England and southern Wales killing more than 2000 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Japan used $30 million of their Tsunami relief funds to support whaling news.discovery.com/earth/…
10-year old Tilly Smith saved her family and 100 other tourists from the 2004 Asian tsunami, by recognizing signs of tsunamis she had learned in a geography lesson two weeks before. telegraph.co.uk/news/1480…
Some roller coasters are recycled by selling them and moving them to other theme parks. This is partly because a reclaimed roller coaster can cost 80% less than a new one. One roller coaster, Tsunami, has been at 4 different theme parks since 1986. articles.latimes.com/2011…
There was a second Fukushima nuclear power plant, 10km to the south, that suffered the same crippling tsunami damage, but was saved from meltdown by a capable leader and heroic staff. hbr.org/2014/07/how-the-o…
In 1958, an earthquake created a tsunami that was the largest wave ever known. The force of the wave removed all trees and vegetation from elevations as high as 1720 feet (524 meters) above sea level. geology.com/records/bigge…
The tsunami on 26 December 2004 in Indonesia "was the deadliest and one of the most destructive in recorded history. Tsunami runup heights of more than 30 meters were observed along the west coast of Sumatra." usgs.gov/news/indian-ocea…
Today I learned of the Sentinelese tribe. They survived a tsunami in 04, lack the knowledge to make fire and are regarded as still in the stone age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
The world's largest earthquake, which struck Chile in May of 1960, was so large that it caused a tsunami that killed 185 people in Japan. geology.com/records/large…
A 10 year girl saved hundreds of people during the Thailand Boxing day Tsunami of 2004 after learning about the warning signs of Tsunami 2 weeks prior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
A 2600-ton ship carried 3 km inland in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami became a local tourist attraction, and was renovated in 2013 to include walkways, a jogging area, and a fountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apu…
300ft uphill from the highest water level reached by the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami sits a stone marker over a century old that warns, "Do not build your homes below this point!" nytimes.com/2011/04/21/wo…
The total energy of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami waves was equivalent to about five megatons of TNT, which is more than twice the total explosive energy used during all of World War II (including the two atomic bombs) wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_I…
Around 3000BC a meteor crashed into the Indian Ocean, creating a 30km-wide crater. This caused a tsunami to hit coastal areas, including Mesopotamia, which be the origin of the flood myths (such as Noah's Ark) wikiwand.com/en/Flood_myt…
A beer tsunami devastated a neighborhood in London killing 8 and destroying whole houses. The 1500 cubic meter flood was ruled as an "Act of God" and nobody was held responsible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
North Korea donated US$100,000 to Japan with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il personally donating US$500,000 to Chongryon Korean residents in Japan during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
One man in California died due to the tsunami caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake. nbcnews.com/id/42024659/n…
The deadliest tsunami on record is the 2004 boxing day tsunami, caused by a >9 magnitude earthquake, and with a quarter million people dead bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebit…
Some lakes can literally explode causing a mini-tsunami and a deadly cloud of gas that is capable of killing thousands miles away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim…
In Kenya a turtle adopted a hippo that was abandoned after a tsunami. howtocareforatortoise.com…
The estimated damage (in USD) of the 2011 tsunami in Japan is roughly 18 times higher than that of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, while the death toll is roughly 15 times lower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The earthquake that caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami generated 9,600 gigatons of energy, equal to 550 million Hiroshima explosions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Britain was separated from mainland Europe by a 33ft tsunami and not slowly by continental plates bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…

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