A tsunami alert was issued for several countries in the Pacific, including Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand, following a volcanic eruption. Scenes of waves crashing into Tonga state is circulating on social media. The eruption was reported 800 km of Fiji.
Tsunami waves are the scariest natural disaster known to mankind, as well as one of the most deadly. These giant waves can generate from devastating earthquakes and erupting volcanoes, and they’re capable of traveling around the globe without losing any of their destructive power. The next time you’re near the coast, remember that tsunamis can happen anywhere—and protect yourself by educating yourself on how to survive this type of natural disaster.
It’s called a tsunami. It’s a Japanese word that means harbor wave. Tsunamis start when an earthquake occurs in or near a body of water. When that happens, tremors can send an enormous amount of energy into the water. As these oscillations move through the liquid, they interact with its surface and change it — causing it to rise and fall dramatically. What’s more, tsunamis can also be caused by volcanic eruptions and underwater landslides. Regardless of what sends them out into open water, all tsunamis follow a similar path.
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