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The Best Sites To Learn About Tsunamis


With yesterday’s terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I thought I’d pull together a separate “The Best…” list explaining tsunamis.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Useful Updates On Japan Earthquake — Part Two

The Best Sites To Learn About The Tsunami In American Samoa

The Best Resources To Learn About The Indian Ocean Tsunami (On Its Five-Year Anniversary)

The Best Sites For Learning About The Volcano & Tsunami In Indonesia

Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About Tsunamis:

How Tsunamis Work From How Stuff Works

Here’s a free Brainpop movie on Tsunamis.

The Christian Science Monitor lists the five most devastating tsunamis.

Slate explains why is Crescent City, Calif. is so susceptible to tsunamis.

Tsunamis: World’s Most Devastating is a slideshow from LIFE.

What is a tsunami? comes from CNN.

Tsunami explained is an interactive from The BBC.

What is a Tsunami?

Woods Hole has an interactive.

The Destructive Power of Water is a useful New York Times article.

Go to the “Forces Of Nature” section of this Associated Press interactive.

Here’s a video from Channel One:

These next four resources would have to be modified to be made accessible to ELL’s:

California’s tsunami threat is from The Los Angeles Times

The Awesome Unpredictability of Tsunamis is from The Wall Street Journal.

Lesson Plan: The Science of Tsunamis: Seeking Understanding In The Wake of Tragedy is from PBS.

Tsunamis: A Primer comes from The New York Review of Books

Here’s the TED-Ed lesson that goes with this next video:

Feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Larry,
    Thank you so much for compiling this list of great sites for such a teachable moment. I intend to lay aside my Science plans for one day to allow the students a chance to explore and investigate this more in-depth. I know many will have questions (5th graders) as a few have already emailed me. Thanks again.

  2. Hi Larry,

    You’ve probably come across this one:
    Learners get to choose between different disaster types (including a tsunami) and have to develop the local area to minimise and / or prevent destruction.
    Quite a nice insight into what needs to be done. Does take quite a long time to play though!
    All the best,

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