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Tsunamis Theme Page

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which supplement the study of tsunamis. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

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General Tsunamis Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to tsunamis. Please read our disclaimer.

Activity Search
Here are two lesson plans at the Houghton Mifflin Activity Search site that will help students understand tsunamis better.
  • Let's Make Waves Children use wind to create waves and marbles to model energy moving through water.
  • Monster Waves Students construct a tabletop village to visualize the relative height and effects of tsunamis.

British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program
The BC Provincial Emergency Program is the agency responsible for maintaining awareness, preparedness, and the response and recovery programs that are designed to reduce the human and financial costs of emergencies and disasters in BC. Included in the site is an online version of BC Tsunami Warning Plan, as well as general and BC specific information.

Sensing Tsunami
In this one day lesson plan, grade 9-12 students will develop a model for tsunami detection that incorporates remote sensing technology, will access data at remote sensing site via the Internet, and will use the computer to prepare and archive a presentation of their final report.

Tsunami: The Big Wave
Nasa's Observatorium offers informational resources for students to explain what a tsunami is, the physics behind the wave, warning systems, what to do when they hit, and casualties data. A quiz and word search activity are also provided.

Tsunami!: The WWW Tsunami Information Resource
General information on tsunamis including near real-time tsunami informational bulletins, explanations of how a tsunami is generated and how it propogates, their effect on humans, how you can protect yourself, and a description of the Tsunami warning system. There is also survey and research information.

Tsunami Database
The National Geophysical Data Center's searchable database of recent and historical tsunamis.

[The] Tsunami Page of Dr. George P.C.
A very comprehensive site on tsunamis by Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis. In addition to general information, there are sections on Impact on Society; Mechanism, Propagation, and Terminal Effects of Tsunami; Historical Tsunami Database; Tsunami bibliographies; Warning Systems; and Real Time and Long Term Tsunami Prediction and Evaluation. Warning: The design of the main menu page incorporates small font size and questionable colour combinations which make the page very difficult to read. The lower pages are not quite as bad, but you may wish to override font and colour preferences with your own. Also, as this is a Geocities site, you will have to endure intermittent forced interruptions from their promotional advertising. If you can put up with these problems, the content in the site is worthwhile.

Tsunami: The Great Wave
An online brochure liberally sprinkled with pictures. Topics include: general information, causes of tsunamis, warning centres, warning dissemination, facts, and what you should do.

Tsunami Warning
Intended for elementary students, this online booklet contains 30 sequential pages of artwork and story. Caution: you may encounter slow downloads.

Understanding Waves
This lesson plan will give Grade 3-5 students a basic understanding of the physical properties of waves in general.

Waves of Destruction: Tsunamis
This web site is a companion piece to the PBS series on the Savage Earth but it can stand alone as well. Included is information on how tsunamis are formed and what makes them dangerous. There are also explanatory pictures and animation.

Westcoast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre
This centre serves as the regional Tsunami Warning Center for Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon, and California. Their web site contains recent press releases/advisories, information on recent tsunamis, an explanation of the physics of tsunamis, a list of safety rules, and a selection of pictures.

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