Ahead of the wave

Scientists are working to predict — and tame — the tsunamis that can threaten some coastal communities

By Stephen Ornes, 23:55 PM February 13, 2013

Bump a glass and any water inside might slop over the side. Splash in the bathtub and waves slosh. Toss a rock into a pond and ripples move outward in expanding rings. In each case, the water moves in waves. Those waves carry energy. And the more energy that gets added to a watery environment, the more powerful the waves may become.

 

Now imagine an undersea earthquake and the tremendous amount of energy it can transfer to the ocean. That is because the movement of the Earth's crust can shift h...

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