Monday, December 27, 2004

Tidal Waves and Tsunami's

Tsunami is a Japanese word with the English translation, "harbor wave." Represented by two characters, the top character, "tsu," means harbor, while the bottom character, "nami," means "wave." In the past, tsunamis were sometimes referred to as "tidal waves" by the general public. The term "tidal wave" is a misnomer; although a tsunami's impact upon a coastline is dependent upon the tidal level at the time a tsunami strikes, tsunamis are unrelated to the tides.

Tides result from the imbalanced, extraterrestrial, gravitational influences of the moon,sun, and planets. The term "seismic sea wave" is also misleading. "Seismic" implies an earthquake-related generation mechanism, but a tsunami can also be caused by a nonseismic event, such as a landslide or meteorite impact.

FOX, CNN, NY1... Try Earth Science 101 before you report the news.

*Thanks to BklynGirl for the heads up *

Oh yeah, thoughts and prayers... thoughts and prayers...


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