Sweeping Tsunamis

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This book teaches readers about tsunamis—the causes, after effects, and major storms in history.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Spreads in these updates of the 2004 editions address questions children may have about natural disasters and discuss causes, characteristics, and relevant science, including progress in predicting the events. Case studies illustrate the human response. Numerous color photographs and sidebars are interwoven into the well-organized and absorbing narratives. Many of the images show the impact of these natural events on people's lives. The books conclude with a list of the most famous disasters of the past, including Haiti's 2010 earthquake.—Caroline Geck, Newark Public Schools, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432937928
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Awesome Forces of Nature Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,371,989
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Spilsbury is a very experienced author of nonfiction books for young people. Her writing covers a wide range of topics from animals and science to history and social studies.

Richard Spilsbury is an experienced author of nonfiction books for young people. He has written about a wide range of topics including science, nature, and history.

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Table of Contents

What Is a Tsunami? 4

What Causes a Tsunami? 6

Where Do Tsunamis Happen? 10

What Happens in a Tsunami? 12

CASE STUDY: The Indian Ocean, 2004 16

Who Helps When Tsunamis Happen? 18

CASE STUDY: Japan, 1993 21

Can Tsunamis Be Predicted? 22

Can People Prepare for Tsunamis? 24

CASE STUDY: Papua New Guinea, 1998 26

Can Tsunamis Be Prevented? 28

Sweeping Tsunamis of the Past 29

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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