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    December 26th, 2004 marks the day a 9.1-9.3 magnitude earthquake triggered arguably the deadliest tsunami of the twenty-first century. The 1,300 km fault zone spawned a wave reaching fifty meters in height and five meters inland. Fourteen countries worldwide lost an estimated 230,000 people [Geist et al., 2015] and a devastating ten billion dollars to the colossal Indian Ocean swell. The devastation kick started efforts to create better technology and innovations so that when the next disaster struck, humanity would be prepared. What is important to know is what actually causes a tsunami to occur, specifically the one in 2004. “Seismologists believe the sudden change in the seafloor terrain is what triggers a tsunami.” [Folger, 1984], meaning that a shift in the ocean floor stimulates a massive wave or waves in the ocean. What happened in 2004 was a chain of events starting…

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    the Tōhoku region experienced an electricity outage for a week; houses not adequately heated for the winter month. The repair crews continuously worked at restoring power for the inhabitants of the Tōhoku region. The humanitarian relief came from multiple countries and provided for the necessities of the survivors. The United States military provided humanitarian relief under “Operation Tomodachi” in the disaster areas, the military set up temporary shelters, distributed food, and medical…

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    Sidebar: The largest tsunami wave ever recorded happened in 1958. An earthquake triggered a massive rockslide on the shore of Lituya Bay in southeast Alaska. Almost forty million tons of rocks splashed into bay. The sudden impact generated a tsunami that crashed against the other shoreline, flooding the area. The local tsunami traveled down the length of the bay and into the Gulf of Alaska, taking millions of trees as it blasted through the water. The wave reached a run-up height of 1,720 feet.…

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    Emergency Management

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    An earthquake of 9.3 magnitudes on the Richter scale erupted in December 26, 2004 on the floor of the Indian Ocean (Shuman, 2015). An Impressive tsunami followed the seism some hours later, and was responsible of massive deaths and missing, property destructions, and environmental issues which extended to fourteen countries in Asia and Africa. The disaster showed the inexistence of emergency programs in most of the affected countries, and thus, these countries were dependent on the international…

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    The Japan Earthquake

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    off the Pacific coast of Tohoku on March 11, 2011 and was a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake. The earthquake is also often referred to in Japan as the Great East Japan Earthquake or the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to hit Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record keeping. The main earthquake was preceded by a number of foreshocks, and hundreds of aftershocks. Japan experienced over 1000 aftershocks since the…

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    The Impossible “The Impossible” is a spanish disaster film. It is a touching film which based on an experience of Maria Belon and her family in 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. “The Impossible” set in the year of 2012.It directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G . Schez . It is all about the family love and the miracle happens in the terrible tsunami. This film had shown that miracle happens everywhere as long as you believe in faith. I like this film because it touched me so much. …

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    First of all, Meyer addresses a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on the current coast of Oregon and WashingtonIn the article entitled, “A Major Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest looks even Likelier” by Robinson Meyer mentions how unexpected earthquakes could bring devastating consequences with little people informed or prepared. First of all, Meyer addresses a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on the current coast of Oregon and Washington. On January 26, 1700, the Pachena Bay citizens died from a flood and a…

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    Chile Tsunamis

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    Tsunamis can start from anything that suddenly displaces the seafloor, causing water to compensate for it (Kusky, 2008, p.1). Tsunamis can also be referred to as seismic sea waves. Two tsunamis occur per year around the world, and one very destructive one every 15 years, on average (Department of Homeland Security, n.d.). One specific tsunami happened in the Pacific Ocean near Chile on September 16, 2015. A tsunami can cause massive damage, wreak havoc, and ruin anything it gets near. Some do…

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    Tsunami Research Paper

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    Tsunamis: what are these exactly, how do they occur, and why are known to be so deadly? Tsunamis are massive sea waves that are spawned from earthquakes generated underneath the ocean at tectonic plate boundaries. Although earthquakes are known to be the main cause of tsunamis, these enormous waves can occur due to occurrences such as rapid changes in the atmospheric pressure or volcanic eruptions. These waves are formed in a series, sometimes referred to as a “wave train.” There is never just…

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    initial disturbance in the height of the ocean’s surface. For a short time after the earthquake, the motion of the tsunami was governed by a linear wave pattern, until it entered shallower coastal regions where it became large and destructive as it approached the shore. A Linear pattern is repeated indefinitely in either direction along a line.…

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