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tsʊˈnɑ miTsuna·mi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tsunami(noun)

    a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption

    "a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes"

Wiktionary

  1. tsunami(Noun)

    A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

    Etymology: 津波 / 津浪 (つなみ).

Wikipedia

  1. Tsunami

    A tsunami ( (t)soo-NAH-mee, (t)suu-; from Japanese: 津波, lit. 'harbour wave', pronounced [tsɯnami]) or tidal wave is a series of waves in a water body caused by the displacement of a large volume of water, generally in an ocean or a large lake. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions (including detonations, landslides, glacier calvings, meteorite impacts and other disturbances) above or below water all have the potential to generate a tsunami. Unlike normal ocean waves, which are generated by wind, or tides, which are generated by the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun, a tsunami is generated by the displacement of water. Tsunami waves do not resemble normal undersea currents or sea waves because their wavelength is far longer. Rather than appearing as a breaking wave, a tsunami may instead initially resemble a rapidly rising tide. For this reason, it is often referred to as a "tidal wave", although this usage is not favoured by the scientific community because it might give the false impression of a causal relationship between tides and tsunamis. Tsunamis generally consist of a series of waves, with periods ranging from minutes to hours, arriving in a so-called "internal wave train". Wave heights of tens of metres can be generated by large events. Although the impact of tsunamis is limited to coastal areas, their destructive power can be enormous, and they can affect entire ocean basins. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was among the deadliest natural disasters in human history, with at least 230,000 people killed or missing in 14 countries bordering the Indian Ocean. The Ancient Greek historian Thucydides suggested in his 5th century BC History of the Peloponnesian War that tsunamis were related to submarine earthquakes, but the understanding of tsunamis remained slim until the 20th century and much remains unknown. Major areas of current research include determining why some large earthquakes do not generate tsunamis while other smaller ones do; accurately forecasting the passage of tsunamis across the oceans; and forecasting how tsunami waves interact with shorelines.

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  1. Tsunami

    A tsunami is a series of water waves caused by the displacement of a large volume of a body of water, generally an ocean or a large lake. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions, landslides, glacier calvings, meteorite impacts and other disturbances above or below water all have the potential to generate a tsunami. Tsunami waves do not resemble normal sea waves, because their wavelength is far longer. Rather than appearing as a breaking wave, a tsunami may instead initially resemble a rapidly rising tide, and for this reason they are often referred to as tidal waves. Tsunamis generally consist of a series of waves with periods ranging from minutes to hours, arriving in a so-called "wave train". Wave heights of tens of metres can be generated by large events. Although the impact of tsunamis is limited to coastal areas, their destructive power can be enormous and they can affect entire ocean basins; the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was among the deadliest natural disasters in human history with over 230,000 people killed in 14 countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tsunami in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tsunami in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Tsunami in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Brothers:

    A bathymetric survey at the time, which only imaged relatively shallow seafloor, down to 180 meters( 330 feet) deep, did not reveal evidence of a landslide in nearby Dangerous Passage or the other waterways around Chenega, alternate explanations involving seafloor movement during the earthquake did not fit the timing and severity of the Chenega tsunami as described by eyewitnesses.

  2. Bret Swanson:

    What if there's a tsunami in Taiwan ?

  3. Glenn Hollander:

    There's lot of expertise and a lot of history that is going to be lost, a lot of understanding of why the market is doing something, i think open-outcry died because as electronics came in the people who were afraid of them didn't embrace them. And pit traders just got swept away like a tsunami.

  4. Bernardo Aliaga:

    This exercise will be testing a new enhanced data product that will allow governments to better forecast a tsunami's height, energy and direction of waves, and then use that data to communicate with local populations.

  5. Joan Teno:

    We have a healthcare system that’s built around the needs of the healthcare system and not the needs of the family, we have an aging society, and we have little time to deal with the silver tsunami we’re not ready for.

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