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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

The Christian Science Monitor lists the five most devastating tsunamis.

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

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.

California’s tsunami threat is from The Los Angeles Times

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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