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Where can you find tsunami pictures?

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National Geographic magazine has many images of the wreckage caused by tsunamis around the world. Its tsunami photo gallery includes photographs of the disasters in Sri Lanka, Chile and the Indian Ocean.

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A tsunami is an unusually large sea wave caused by a major disturbance, such as an earthquake or landslide. The word tsunami is derived from the Japanese words "tsu," meaning harbor, and "nami," meaning wave. According to Dictionary.com, tsunamis are often confused with tidal waves or typhoons. In a research project conducted by students at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, researchers explained how tsunamis differ from tidal waves and what particular circumstances can cause a tsunami to occur. Although volcanoes and landslides are powerful triggers that set off the seismic waves which eventually result in a tsunami, earthquakes are the cause for the vast majority of tsunamis. When an earthquake happens, a ripple effect happens in the water. As the ripples increase, they reach dangerous speeds. By the time they reach the shore, devastation and damage occurs due to the impact of the water and the floating debris that comes with it. As The Telegraph powerfully depicted, one of the most disastrous tsunamis in recent history began with the earthquake in Japan in March 2011.

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    How do tsunamis start?

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    Tsunamis start from any large, sudden displacement of water. This includes earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions and the breaking of coastal ice, such as in glaciers or icebergs. Rarely, a large body from space, such as a meteorite, can cause a tsunami.

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    How do tsunamis affect people?

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    While an immediate effect of a tsunami is the destruction of life and property, tsunamis also create a health crisis. Not only do tsunamis wipe out buildings and carry many of the things in their path away, they leave behind a crippled infrastructure that makes it extremely difficult to provide basic services to the people who survived.

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    Where do tsunamis hit?

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    The majority of tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean in an area commonly known as the "Ring of Fire." The Ring of Fire has a high level of seismic activity that often triggers volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

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    Where do most tsunamis occur?

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    Tsunamis occur most often in the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Tsunami Research. Areas along the Pacific Rim are most vulnerable due to the frequent earthquakes that occur. Tsunamis also occur less frequently in the Mediterranean Sea.

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