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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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    Where do tsunamis occur?

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    Tsunamis most frequently occur in countries bordering the Pacific Ocean around the Pacific Rim. This area also covers the region referred to as the Ring of Fire, a place known for severe tectonic-plate shifts. The earthquakes caused by the plates movement set the water in motion to create tsunami-strength waves.

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    When do tsunamis happen?

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    Tsunamis happen when earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions disturb the ocean floor. Most tsunamis occur when there are earthquakes at tectonic plate boundaries. When the ocean floor at the boundary rises or falls, it moves the water above and creates the huge waves that become 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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