And if the waves are focused into estuaries and bays, this height can increase even further. This behaviour sheds light on the derivation of the term "tsunami", which in the original Japanese means 'harbour wave'. The building of a tsunami as it approaches a coastline also results in another of its weird properties. As the wave increases in size it sucks in water that causes the sea to retreat from the shore, sometimes as far as the horizon or beyond - collecting it all together for the big push.
Unless the local population has been educated in the mysteries of the tsunami, this can be lethal as thousands rush curiously on to the exposed sea-bed only to be battered by the sudden appearance of the tsunami itself. And can they move? In deep water, tsunamis can move at speeds in excess of km an hour - as fast as a jet aircraft - and even when the wave slows as it enters the shallows there is no possibility of outrunning it.
Another difference between tsunamis and wind-driven storm waves is that the entire column of water from the sea surface to the sea floor, perhaps several kilometres high, is involved in the wave motion. So, for example, the entire volume of the ocean is involved in the transmission of a tsunami from one side of the Pacific to the other.
Trying to cram all this movement into progressively shallowing waters is part of the reason for the terrifying height increase as a tsunami approaches a coastline.
The water simply has nowhere else to go but up. But it is not only the spectacular height and power of tsunamis that makes them so destructive. When they hit the coast they just keep coming - perhaps for 20 to 30 minutes - before taking the same time to drain back into the ocean.
This is because a tsunami wavelength is typically hundreds of kilometres long rather than the few tens of metres characteristic of storm waves. Such long waves reflect the scale of the phenomena that generate tsunamis. Jan 01, Jennifer rated it liked it.
So many of the stories we hear about the tsunami that hit Asia in are from the perspective of foreigners who were there on vacation. This book tells the stories of four Thai families that lived through that terrible event. Apr 05, Paul Moran rated it it was amazing. Amazingly evocative and heartfelt re-telling of the devastating events of the boxing day tsunami in This book follows the story of 4 families experience of the Tsunami and the immediate aftermath, before giving a quick description of how they all struggled to get their lives, those who survived, back together in the few months following.
Of course at the point in which the book ends, no-one is anywhere near being back on track, but the seeds are sewn to suggest that most of the people who' Amazingly evocative and heartfelt re-telling of the devastating events of the boxing day tsunami in Of course at the point in which the book ends, no-one is anywhere near being back on track, but the seeds are sewn to suggest that most of the people who's story we've followed here are beginning to get the sorely lacking assistance that they needed, in form of donations and food, and labour to rebuild their lives.
You cant fail to be moved by these families experiences here, you are given a brief biography of each family before the book turns to an extremely graphic and harrowing 1st person account of the tsunami itself from each families different point of view. From being on a boat out on the sea, to being on the beach and ultimately being swept up by the waves themselves. I'd really recommend reading this book to make something of an attempt to even try to begin to understand what people went through on that day.
There are stories of hope, and amazing luck and good fortune as well as terrible descriptions of horrible tragedies- as you would expect. It is SO well written, it does not make light or glorify any of the events and experiences of the families featured here. Although mainly following the families perspectives exclusively, this book does touch on some wider issues that I was completely unaware of, particularly regarding widespread corruption reating to donations, financial and otherwise going missing or being unfairly issued to the wrong people.
2 pieces: [Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, % weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to. While in Archon form, Wave of Destruction deals % damage per tick to all enemies within 30 yards for the entire duration. For every damaging cast outside.
Deliberately and otherwise. Also, it covers the disgusting story of the far east company trying to conduct a landgrab in the midst of the cleanup and refusing families to return to their home to search for the bodies of their children and parents. Highly recommend this book. May 31, Laura Gurrin rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an excellent book.
The author tells the story of four Thai families from Nam Khem, a poor and rather dangerous fishing village in one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami. The first third of the book introduces us to the families, and the area - giving us a good grounding and a connection to the people, most of whom have worked hard all their lives for a very marginal standard of living.
In the second third, tsunami. Though we've all seen photos and video of the damage, the first This is an excellent book.
There's no such system in the Indian Ocean. Other editions. So many of the stories we hear about the tsunami that hit Asia in are from the perspective of foreigners who were there on vacation. We are more than willing to try machine-learning and AI-driven features and functionalities and probably have our activity x-rayed and monitored for results. One of the major mysteries is why sometimes relatively small earthquakes generate outlandishly large waves.
Though we've all seen photos and video of the damage, the first-hand testimony of the survivors is devastating, and the author's simple style serves the stories well. Finally, the survivors rebuild, and try, with varying degrees of success, to recover something from the horrible destruction. The writing is sometimes repetitive, but generally solid.
Mostly, I much enjoyed reading a book about how the tsunami affected normal Thais, people who have a personal connection to the area, and have no choice other than to stay and try to work it out. It's also a very good description of one segment of Thai life; the people written about here are worth reading about not just due to their tragic situation, but because they are interesting, and the author brings them to life for the reader.
Feb 16, Pat Roberts rated it it was amazing Shelves: history. This is not pleasant reading, but it should be required reading for any American years and beyond. Let's face it.
We really do take what we have for granted. This beautifully-told story true is about four Thai families--before the tsunami that hit Thailand in , and after.
These people had little to nothing before the disaster, even less after. What they had to do to earn a living just to build a tiny little home on the beach is unimagineable to us; we, who think we must have at least tw This is not pleasant reading, but it should be required reading for any American years and beyond. What they had to do to earn a living just to build a tiny little home on the beach is unimagineable to us; we, who think we must have at least two bathrooms in our homes to be happy.
Can anyone reading this who has children think of having those children work thirteen-hour days at the age of 6? Could any of us imagine having our children leave home at a very early age to work for rich families, families who abused them? And yet, while these people suffered terribly, including losing loved ones--we're talking one's entire family--they carried on. By contrast, something massive is needed to create waves with such a great height in the case of a mega-tsunami.
So, what kind of event can create a mega-tsunami? Unlike usual tsunamis, mega-tsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events such as volcanic eruptions or huge asteroids crashing into the sea. These phenomena rapidly displace large volumes of water, as energy from falling debris or expansion is transferred to the water.
Huge earthquake-induced rockslides next to bodies of water can generate mega-tsunamis since the massive amount of water displacement increases the wave size more than a submarine earthquake. Luckily, huge landslides and the mega-tsunamis that they can generate are extremely rare. In most cases, tsunamis caused by rockslides, unlike the ocean-wide tsunamis caused by some underwater earthquakes, dissipate quickly and rarely affect coastlines distant from the source due to the small area of sea affected.
However, in some cases, they can generate a mega-tsunami that can reach the height of hundreds of meters. That is the case when a massive landslide occurs in a limited body of water and the resulting wave is unable to disperse, just as it happened in Alaska where a major rock fall generated the Lituya Bay tsunami. It was the largest tsunami wave ever observed anywhere in the world and it was caused by a rock fall in Lituya Bay, Alaska on July 9, The Lituya Bay mega-tsunami was triggered by an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.
A massive volume approximately 40 million cubic meters of rock alongside the Gilbert Inlet sloughed off into the water, generating a wave which reached the incredible height of meter 1, feet on the opposite side of the inlet. Five square miles of land surrounding the bay were inundated and stripped of all vegetation and wildlife.
The tsunami sunk three solitary fishing boats anchored in the harbour and moved inland as far as feet. However, the tsunami's energy and height diminished rapidly away from the source area and, once in the open ocean, it dissipated and was hardly recorded by tide gauge stations. On October 9, , approximately five years after the Lituya Bay disaster, an enormous landslide of about million cubic metres of forest, earth, and rock, fell into the reservoir of one of the highest dams in the world, the Vajont Dam on Monte Toc, Italy, at up to km per hour 68 mph.