What is a tidal wave?

A tidal wave is a large ocean wave, usually caused by an earthquake or violent storm at sea. 

Large Ocean Wave

Sometimes great, destructive waves sweep in from the sea like a huge tide.  Most people call these “tidal wave,” but they have nothing to do with true waves.

Scientist have a special name for tidal waves.  They call them “tsunami” (pronounced su NA me), a Japanese word that means “storm waves.”

A tidal waves, or tsunami, is not like ordinary ocean waves along the seashore.  A tidal wave, or tsunami, is not like ordinary ocean waves along the seashore.

A tidal wave can start when an earthquake or volcanic eruption or violent storm takes place far out in the ocean.

The waters above the spot are violently stirred and great wave is set in motion.  When a tidal wave very low tide.  Then the great wave comes crashing in as a solid wall of water.  Some are so big that they can destroy whole villages.  Often, the waves are so small they cause no damage at all. – Dick Rogers

 

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