Investigating Factors That Affect Tsunami Inundation
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This page first made public: May 24, 2018
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Describe topographic or other factors that affect tsunami inundation
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Conduct an experiment related to tsunami inundation
- Form a Question or Hypothesis,
- Design an Investigation around the topic,
- Collect and Present Data, and
- Analyze and Interpret their Results.
Other skills goals for this activity
- Working in groups
- Using physical models
Description and Teaching Materials
Investigating Factors That Affect Tsunami Inundation (Acrobat (PDF) 966kB May20 18)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- See above educator notes
- Regionally damaging tsunami are most commonly produced by subduction zone earthquakes but locally very damaging tsunami can occur due to landslides or volcanic eruptions. In Alaskan fjords the shaking during an earthquake can cause submarine landslides that generate tsunami, which reach shore while earthquake shaking is still going on. You could experiment with adding a landslide variable to the wave tank experiments by dropping in a packet of gravel rather than using the paddle to make the wave.
References and Resources
- Alaska Tsunami Inundation maps
- Online version by the Alaska Earthquake Center
- Published pdf and GIS versions by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources
- Run to High Ground video of Viola Riebe of the Hoh Tribe in Washington State relating a story about earthquake and tsunami warnings in the Pacific Northwest.
- Thunderbird and Killer Whale: A Tillimook Indian Legend video account of story featuring geologic forces in Native American oral tradition.
- Ready.gov tsunami preparedness information
- Original CEETEP webpage for this activity
- The activity was presented as part of the EarthScope ANGLE Educator Workshops.
- Contact ANGLE with questions or comments.