How Earthquakes Cause Tsunamis - Animation

One way a tsunami can develop is when the energy from an earthquake below the ocean is transferred to the ocean surface above the quake's epicenter. This brief animation depicts that reaction.

NOAA tells us more about how the theory of plate tectonics is involved in the chain-of-events:

Major tsunamis are produced by large earthquakes and frequently occur in the Pacific where dense oceanic plates slide under the lighter continental plates.

When these plates fracture, they provide a vertical movement of the sea floor that allows a quick and efficient transfer of energy from the solid earth to the ocean.

Disasters often result from earthquake-caused tsunamis.

Media Credits

Video animation by NOAA.  Clip online, courtesy NOAA.


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