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A superwave triggered by seismic activity

tsunami

Seismic sea waves Geomedicine A superwave that can circle an island, and pound the otherwise protected leeward side with ↑ velocity–up to 365 km/hr or 225 miles/hr; waves can reach a height of 25+ meters; the Boxing Day (2004) tsunami centered in Indonesia claimed 300,000 lives. See Geological disaster. Cf Tidal waves.
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Tsunamis are large ocean waves generated by major earthquakes beneath the ocean floor or major landslides into the ocean.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) is encouraging the public to take tsunami preparedness into their own hands this April during Tsunami Awareness Month.
The 1945 tsunami led to the death of 300 people in Pakistan and Oman.
Less commonly, tsunamis can be generated by underwater landslides, infrequently by volcanic activity and very rarely by large meteorite impact.
The death toll from the Indonesian tsunami that struck coastal areas around the Sunda Strait on Saturday night has risen to 281.
A man grieves after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita Image Credit: AP
World Tsunami Awareness Day raises awareness regarding precautionary measures to be taken against tsunami.
"The risk of tsunamis in the Mediterranean is smaller than in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but it is real," the department said.
Although earthquakes are frequent in Taiwan, there have been no recent large-scale tsunamis. The Central Weather Bureau does, however, hold an updated forecast and warning system in case one occurs.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and National Seismic Monitoring Centre issued a press release regarding the Indian Ocean-Wide Tsunami exercise in which it invited the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), provincial disaster management authority, Karachi commissioner, deputy commissioners of Badin, Thatta, Gawadar and Lasbela, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Karachi Port Trust and Karachi Nuclear Power Complex, along with the media.
He said the Malay tsunami in rural areas and Felda regions were already taking place and called for all races to unite together in the upcoming general polls for the Malaysian tsunami to take over and bring change to the current 'kleptocratic state and rogue democracy'.
We only got to know about this after the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia." He said the Bangladesh government has already taken many initiatives to minimize the loss, if Tsunami hits.