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December 26 2004 Tsunami HTML5


Illustration of the tsunami’s progression, starting from the earthquake’s epicentre, on a map of the Indian Ocean.

Click on "Plates" or "Earthquakes" buttons to highlight the tectonic plate's location.

Click on  to control the animation.

Learning goals

  • To observe the tsunami’s progression in the Indian Ocean.

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The term ‘tsunami’ (harbour wave) comes from Japan, where the phenomenon frequently occurs. When an underwater quake or any other cause, suddenly sets a great depth of water into motion, it causes…

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