Cause and Effect Tsunamis

1452 Words Nov 17th, 2008 6 Pages
What exactly are tsunamis? Tsunamis are immensely strong, long length and long period sea waves. Tsunamis have caused much grief and sorrow for anyone who have experienced it. The term tsunami comes from the Japanese language meaning harbor and wave. The term was created by fishermen who returned to port to find the area surrounding their harbor devastated, although they had not been aware of any wave in the open water. Tsunamis are common throughout Japanese history, as 195 events in Japan have been recorded. The strength of a tsunami is absolutely frightening; a tsunami can completely destroy a city within minutes. The Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 was one of the deadliest tsunamis ever recorded and destroyed many cities. Tsunamis are …show more content…
The sand, sediments, land, and debris moves and the beaches and towns surrounding are demolished. People who have vacation homes near or on the beach lose precious memories and can never recover them.
What tsunamis affect the most would be the people. The people who have experienced tsunamis had their life changed forever. Families can get stranded. Imagine a little girl looking for her parents where everyone around her are either dead or in panic. Her parents could be dead or miles away from her and could never meet again. Families who retreat to shelters can get separated with all the people trying to get out. What families and friends pray for not to happen is death. When tsunamis occur it’s very likely a person will not live. They could die of drowning, collisions to the head or different parts to the body and pretty much a lot of other things. It’s heartbreaking to see parents who are frantically looking for their children and to find them dead. In the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 the USA surveyed and initially recorded the toll as 283,100 killed, 14,100 missing, and 1,126,900 people displaced. What may surprise someone the most is, one-third of the death toll counted was children. About 94,000 children lost their lives, and thousands of parents lost their hope. Illness can also spread throughout the area when a tsunami hits. When the ocean waters hit, think what’s in the water. The devastating 2004
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