Tsunamis

Tsunamis

by Samantha Bonar
     
 

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Explains why tsunamis occur, the damage this natural disaster can inflict, some famous tsunamis, and how people can protect themselves against these giant waves.

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Explains why tsunamis occur, the damage this natural disaster can inflict, some famous tsunamis, and how people can protect themselves against these giant waves.

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Contrary to popular opinion, a tsunami is not a tidal wave. "Tides are the rising and falling of the ocean's surface...caused by the pull of the moon and the sun." Tsunamis, on the other hand, are caused by sudden movements on the ocean floor, such as underwater earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions. A meteorite or an above-ground landslide can also cause a tsunami. Tsunamis can last from ten minutes to two hours and can move as fast as a jet airplane. The seriousness and danger of tsunamis is described and photographed in detail in this series about natural disasters, which also includes titles about floods, earthquakes, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires and volcanoes. Each book opens with a true story of real people affected by the particular disaster. Although the location in the photos is not always identified, many are dramatic and memorable. In this book, readers see the destruction caused by a tsunami in Papua New Guinea that brought 40 foot waves crashing onto the island, killing more than two thousand people. Other pictures show parking meters flattened by a tsunami in Hawaii in 1960. Young readers learn why these natural disasters occur, including the role people may play in causing, preventing, predicting and surviving these calamities. The text is clear and easy to read, though there are lots of dates and statistics. Each book includes a glossary, useful addresses and Internet sites, as well as an expert consultant involved with understanding or predicting the particular disaster. Part of the "Natural Disasters" series. 2002, Capstone Press, $21.26. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Karen Leggett AGES: 8 9 10 11 12

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ISBN-13:
9780736809023
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
Natural Disasters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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