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A tsunami is a series of ocean waves that sends surges of water, sometimes reaching heights of over 100 feet (30.5 meters), onto land. These walls of water can cause widespread destruction when they crash ashore. These awe-inspiring waves are typically caused by large, undersea earthquakes at tectonic plate boundaries. When the ocean floor at a plate boundary rises or falls suddenly, it displaces the water above it and launches the rolling waves that will become a tsunami.  Read more from National Geographic here.

Ready.Gov - Tsunamis - A tsunami can kill or injure people and damage or destroy buildings and infrastructure as waves come in and go out. A tsunami is a series of enormous ocean waves caused by earthquakes, underwater landslides, volcanic eruptions, or asteroids. Tsunamis can: Travel 20-30 miles per hour with waves 10-100 feet high; Cause flooding and disrupt transportation, power, communications, and the water supply; Happen anywhere along U.S. coasts. Coasts that border the Pacific Ocean or Caribbean have the greatest risk. Read more here.

 

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