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Focus for this week: Tsunamis

The word Tsunami or ‘harbour-wave’ comes from the Japanese word ‘tsu’, which means harbour, and ‘nami’ which means wave. They are commonly known as ‘killer waves’.  When experts talk about tsunamis, they mean huge waves, sometimes taller than a house, which can cause huge amounts of damage.  They can be unpredictable and happen unexpectedly.

Tsunamis 101 | National Geographic

Tsunamis are giant, powerful waves most often caused by earthquakes beneath the ocean floor. Their incredible power can destroy entire communities, then drag...

Activity 1

A tsunami is not like a normal water wave, which is commonly made by wind blowing across water.  So what is a tsunami and what causes it? Using all of the resources above to support you, have a go at creating a fact file, PowerPoint or poster, which explains:

1. What a tsunami is

2. What causes it   

Activity 2

Take a look at the PowerPoint and video below.  It explains more about tsunamis and what to do in this situation.  Can you create a poster which outlines all of the rules for staying safe? You can use the tsunami poster template or create your own.

Tsunamis: Be Prepared and Stay Safe!

How to prepare for and respond to a tsunami. If you live, work, or play on the coast, be prepared and stay safe!

Activity 3

I would like you to research some of history's most notable tsunamis.  Take notes and fill in the research sheet below.  You could focus on the tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day 2004 or Japan 2011.  What damage occurred and what support did the rest of the world offer to the areas affected?

Activity 4

Have a go at creating your own tsunami.