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  • Deadliest Tsunami: A Case Study

    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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  • Personal Narrative: Operation Tomodachi

    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: A Large Global Earthquake

    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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  • The Japan Earthquake

    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 Movie Analysis

    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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  • Tsunami Research Paper

    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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  • Chile Earthquake Essay

    Geologists should continue to study these earthquakes inside and out to gain knowledge on earthquake forecasting, causes, effects, processes, and mitigation. Mathematical models such as MOST can be used to model and recreate tsunamis by inputting information on bathymetry an d initial tsunami propagation conditions into non linear shallow water equations with spherical coordinates (Fritz,, 2011). Recent data previously interpreted to be seismic noise is now considered by seismic…

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  • Boxing Day Tsunami Case Study

    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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  • Indonesia Tsunami Case Study

    Indonesia’s Tsunami Challenges: While others are trying to achieve world peace, I convince that Indonesia still needs to struggle reconsolidating with the nature. This consolidation refers to keeping the nature preserved from desolation while the society lives in peaceful minds being safe from disasters. According to Yulianto, et al. (2009), disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, etc. are part of God’s gift along with the earth (including minerals, oil, gas, etc.) that both…

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  • Orange Juice Case Study

    inability to expand operations in developing and emerging markets; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; interest rate increases; an inability to maintain good relationships with our bottling partners; a deterioration in our bottling partners’ financial condition; increases in income tax rates, changes in income tax laws or unfavorable resolution of tax matters; increased or new indirect taxes in the United States or in other major markets; increased cost, disruption of supply or…

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