Tsunami Glossary of Terms

Publisher Observing Systems and Operations, Bureau of Meteorology
Created: 09 Oct 2020
A tsunami is a series of ocean waves with very long wavelengths (typically hundreds of kilometres) caused by large-scale disturbances of the ocean, such as: earthquakes; landslide; volcanic eruptions; explosions; meteorites. These disturbances can either be from below (e.g. underwater earthquakes with large vertical displacements, submarine landslides) or from above (e.g. meteorite impacts).
Tsunami is a Japanese word with the English translation: "harbour wave".
This vocabulary contains words relating to a tsunami.


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