- Describe what you know about tsunamis.
- Explain why the force of even a small wave is enough to knock you over at the beach. (Hint: Think about the mass of water. One liter of water has a mass of one kilogram.)
- What do waves carry?
- Explain the link between earthquakes and tsunamis.
- What happens to a tsunami as it enters shallow water?
- How did the 2004 earthquake in Indonesia kill people as far away as East Africa?
- Describe the steps in forecasting a tsunami.
- How does an invisibility cloak work?
- List four types of waves an invisibility cloak could redirect.
- Explain the role wind plays in developing a seiche.
- When the wind stops and a seiche wave first rolls back, what force is pulling on the water?
- If you cannonballed into a swimming pool, would your splash create a tsunami or a seiche? Explain your answer.
- In 1954, a three-meter (10-foot) wave struck the Chicago lakeshore. The wave swept away and drowned eight people who had been fishing off a pier jutting into Lake Michigan. Based on your reading of this article, what was the likely source of this wave?
- Would Sébastien Guenneau’s tsunami cloak concept be practical? Why or why not? Explain your reasoning.
- How would you protect a coastal area and its inhabitants from the threat of a tsunami?