• First Tsunami Ever To Be Recorded

    First Tsunami Ever To Be Recorded
    One of the first tsunamis ever to be recorded devastates the east coast of Kyushu, the southernmost major island of Japan, on this day in 1596. The tsunami was set off by a relatively small earthquake in Beppu Bay on Kyushu’s east coast. Despite its weakness, the quake, which was felt as far away as Kyoto and Kagoshima, caused a landslide on the bay’s coast. The landslide pushed so much water across the bay that it sent a 50-foot wave towards Uryu-Jima Island.
  • 1707 Hōei earthquake

    1707 Hōei earthquakeōei_earthquakeThe 1707 Hōei earthquake, which occurred at 14:00 local time on October 28, 1707, was the largest earthquake in Japanese history[3] until the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake[4] surpassed it. It caused moderate to severe damage throughout southwestern Honshu, Shikoku and southeastern Kyūshū.[5] The earthquake, and the resulting destructive tsunami, caused more than 5,000 casualties.[6] This event ruptured all of the segments of the Nankai megathrust simultaneously, the only earthquake known to have done t
  • Earthquake Causes A Tsunami

    Earthquake Causes A Tsunami
    On this day in 1812, the most violent of a series of earthquakes near Missouri causes a so-called fluvial tsunami in the Mississippi River, actually making the river run backward for several hours. The series of tremors, which took place between December 1811 and March 1812, were the most powerful in the history of the United States.
  • Tsunami ravages Japanese coast

    Tsunami ravages Japanese coast
    As daylight breaks, survivors of a tsunami in Japan find that more than 20,000 of their friends and family have perished overnight. The tsunami resulted from a disturbance in the Japan Trench, 120 miles east of Japan’s main island of Honshu. This deep underwater gorge is located where the Pacific tectonic plate is pushing under the Asian plate. A large earthquake at the fault caused a massive displacement of water.
  • Japan Is Hit Again By Tsunami

    Japan Is Hit Again By Tsunami
    An undersea earthquake on this day in 1946 sets off a powerful tsunami that devastates Honshu, Japan. About 2,000 people perished and half a million were left homeless. This was particularly devastating to a community that was already reeling from the horrors of World War II.
  • Hawaii Gets hit Hard

    Hawaii Gets hit Hard
    A tsunami caused by an earthquake off the coast of Chile travels across the Pacific Ocean and kills 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii, on this day in 1960. The massive 8.5-magnitude quake had killed thousands in Chile the previous day.
  • Tsunami devastates Indian Ocean coast

    Tsunami devastates Indian Ocean coast
    A powerful earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on this day in 2004 sets off a tsunami that wreaks death and devastation across the Indian Ocean coastline. The quake was the second strongest ever recorded and the estimated 230,000 dead made this disaster one of the 10 worst of all time. It was 7:58 a.m. when the tremendous quake struck beneath the Indian Ocean 160 miles west of Sumatra. Not only did it register at approximately a 9.3 magnitude (only the 1960 Chile earthquake measured
  • Tsunami Kills 22 People In Hawaii

    Tsunami Kills 22 People In Hawaii
    American Samoa Gov. Togiola Tulafono, speaking from Hawaii, said Tuesday's quake ranked "right up there with some of the worst" disasters on the island. He said about 50 people had been treated for injuries so far but he expected that number to rise. The quake hit the small cluster of South Pacific islands early Tuesday morning. By evening, Laumoli, standing outside the LBJ Tropical Medican Center morgue in the capital of Pago Pago, confirmed 22 deaths. "I thought it was the end of the world,"
  • Japan Is Still Recovering

    Japan Is Still Recovering
    On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, unleashing a savage tsunami. The effects of the great earthquake were felt around the world, from Norway's fjords to Antarctica's ice sheet. Tsunami debris continues to wash up on North American beaches two years later. The total damages from the earthquake and tsunami are estimated at $300 billion dollars (about 25 trillion yen), according to the Japanese government.
  • Chile Earthquake 2014 Sparks Tsunami Warnings For Multiple Countries

    Chile Earthquake 2014 Sparks Tsunami Warnings For Multiple Countries
    A massive earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off northern Chile's coast on Tuesday evening, causing a tsunami and resulting in multiple deaths. According to the USGS, the earthquake struck 62 miles from Iquique, Chile. A tsunami was generated from the quake, sea level readings suggest. A 6.9-foot wave was reported off Iquique. Tsunami warnings were initially issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS for multiple countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. A tsunami bulletin warned: "An
  • Tsunami Could Hit California, But Not Like in 'San Andreas' Quake Movie

    Tsunami Could Hit California, But Not Like in 'San Andreas' Quake Movie new study calls attention to the tsunami hazard posed by a little-understood jumble of seafloor faults off the coast of Southern California — just in time to ride the wave of hype generated by the big-budget disaster movie "San Andreas." The study's lead author, geologist Mark Legg, says a real-life offshore earthquake and tsunami wouldn't exactly follow Hollywood's script for a washout of Los Angeles or San Diego. Nevertheless, he says the hazard deserves more attention than it's received.