Friday, January 07, 2005


From The NSDL Scout Report for Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.

“First, "the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, provides warnings for teletsunamis to most countries in the Pacific Basin as well as to Hawaii and all other US interests in the Pacific outside of Alaska and the US West Coast" (1). Users can find a lengthy discussion about the general attributes of tsunamis. The second website, provided by Wikipedia, describes the characteristics and occurrences of tsunamis (2). Visitors can find out about recent tsunamis that have taken place throughout the world. Next, the Tsunami Society presents its efforts to "disseminate knowledge about tsunamis and their hazards" (3). Researchers can learn about past and upcoming symposiums, Society awards, and more. At the fourth website, the National Weather Service provides tsunami information for the most recent earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 6.5 occurring off the West Coast of the United States (4 ). Visitors can also experience a virtual earthquake. Next, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program illustrates its efforts to reduce the damages caused by tsunami through warning guidance, mitigation, and hazard assessment (5). The website provides numerous links to educational sites for children. The sixth website, developed by FEMA, supplies colorful descriptions of tsunamis for children (6). Users can find tsunami photos, a game, and information about survival kits. Next, the Pacific Tsunami Museum explains its goal "to promote public tsunami education for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Region" (7). Visitors can view tsunami pictures and images from the Hilo Bay web camera. The website is equipped with a handy tsunami glossary as well as a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions page. Lastly, the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) furnishes tsunami data for events from 49 B.C. to the present for the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans (8). Visitors can find an interactive map detailing the events and a series of tsunami slides. [RME]

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Tsunami Society [pdf]
West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center [gif]
The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program [pdf]
FEMA for Kids: Tsunami
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Tsunami Data at the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) [jpeg, gif]
con·cept: Tsunamis