The material in the Tsunami: The Great Wave module was reprinted from the text entitled Natural Hazards and Disasters by Donald Hyndman and David Hyndman. In their book the focus is on Earth and atmospheric hazards that appear rapidly, often without significant warning. By learning about the dynamic Earth processes that affect our lives, the reader should be able to make educated choices about where to live, build houses, business offices, or engineering projects. People do not often make poor choices willfully but through their lack of awareness of natural processes. This module provides an introduction to the causes and effects of tsunamis and includes the following case studies and examples: Sumatra Tsunami, 2004 Anchorage, AK, 1964 Glacier Bay, AK Chile Tsunami, 1960 Lituya Bay, AK 1958 Hokkaida, Japan 1993 This may be bound into any Thomson Brooks/Cole text to create a more compelling regional edition highlighting relevant material.
David Hyndman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University, where he teaches courses in natural hazards, environmental geology, physical geology, and advanced hydrogeology. His B.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources is from the University of Arizona and his M.S. in Applied Earth Sciences and Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences are from Stanford University. David is an Associate Editor for the journals "Water Resources Research" and "Ground Water," has been selected for the Ronald Wilson Teaching Award, and has been the 2002 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer as well as a Lilly Teaching Fellow.