Tsunamis Facts for Kids – 5 Scary Facts about Tsunamis

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Tsunamis are really huge and massive waves. Let’s discover five scary tsunamis facts for kids.

Tsunamis Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Massive Waves

Tsunamis are massive waves caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and landslides. They aren’t just one big wave but they actually come in many waves. This is called a wave train. The first wave that hits isn’t even the strongest wave, the waves get faster and stronger as they hit because the energy in the tsunami builds up over time.

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Tsunamis Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Huge Tide

If you are ever at the beach and all the water disappears it’s time to get to higher ground. The tsunami makes the water go out quickly because it is a huge tide. The tides in the ocean go in and out slowly throughout the day all the time. But when a tsunami starts the tide goes out very quickly and suddenly. It won’t look like a normal tide. This is because the tsunami is a huge tide that will go out very quickly and come back in very quickly too.

Tsunamis Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Tsunamis Caused by Earthquakes

Do you know how tall waves are on the beach? Normal waves are around 6 feet tall but can be taller in certain weather. Tsunami waves are much much bigger, they can be up to 100 feet tall! That is as tall as five giraffes.

Most Tsunamis are very small, earthquakes happen all the time and so do tsunamis caused by them. When we talk about tsunamis it is normally the very big ones but most tsunamis are just a few inches or feet tall. They are even shorter than me!

Tsunamis Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Release of Energy

Tsunamis are a release of energy that causes waves. This energy can make the waves very fast. Tsunamis can travel up to 600 miles per hour, and jet planes travel at around 550 miles per hour. They travel so fast across the ocean that they can affect multiple countries at a time. In 2004 eighteen countries were affected by the same tsunami. That’s a big wave!

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Tsunamis Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: The Face of The Wave

Some surfers might like the idea of surfing such a massive wave but this isn’t possible. Tsunami waves don’t have a ‘face’. The face of the wave is where surfers go on their boards. Tsunamis look like a big wall of water instead of a wave because of this.

It is not a good idea to try and surf a tsunami because of how fast the waves are, which would be very dangerous. Tsunamis also pull debris, like house roofs, cars, and trees out to the sea so you might get hurt if they hit you. Its best to wait until the weather is a bit nicer when you go surfing.

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about tsunamis as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how massive these tsunamis are, you can move on to learn about other climate and weather stuff like: Tornadoes, Floods and Lightning.

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