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Following is our collection of incredible Tsunami fact check articles and charts explaining insights about Tsunami. Sometimes weird, funny, and true Tsunami facts.

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  1. The Eruption of Krakatoa was so loud, it was heard over 3000 miles away, the equivalent of hearing a sound from Ireland while you're in Boston. It also ruptured the eardrums of sailors over 40 miles away, killed over 36 thousand due to the eruptions and subsequent tsunamis.

  2. When ‘The Shining’ premiered, the MPAA wouldn’t allow blood to appear in any trailer “approved for all audiences,” but Stanley Kubrick managed to get a trailer comprised solely of the elevator scene passed by convincing the board the tsunami of blood was rusty water.

  3. One of the few coastal areas to evacuate ahead of the 2004 tsunami was on the island of Simeulue. Due to island folklore recounting an earthquake/tsunami in 1907, the islanders fled inland following the initial shaking. Generational folklore saving the lives of the islanders 97 years later.

  4. Most cities hit during the 2011 tsunami in Japan [which caused the Fukushima disaster] were built well below hundreds of ancient stone markers warning not to build below that level

  5. About popsicles that don’t melt. After the 2011 tsunami, scientists helping strawberry farmers in Japan salvage damaged crops accidentally discovered that liquid polyphenol extracted from the berries caused cream to solidify. This lead to Kanazawa Ice pops, which can stay frozen up to an hour.

  6. A Japanese Village was spared being destroyed during the 2011 tsunami by its huge seawall - a wall that its previous mayor had been harshly criticized for building

  7. There was a second Fukushima nuclear power plant (Fukushima Daini), 10km to the south, that suffered the same crippling tsunami damage but was saved from meltdown by a capable leader and heroic staff.

  8. There are stones called tsunami stones that dot the coastline of Japan. They read, “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.“

  9. The Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant that was closest to the epicenter of the 2011 tsunami in Japan but was undamaged because it far exceeded the required safety measures due to the stubbornness of one man. Fukushima famously experienced fatal meltdowns because safety measures were inadequate.

  10. Hawaii has a clock on a pole stopped at 1:04 am in a park as a memorial to the 61 people that died there in 1960 when a 20-ft tsunami hit the area, the clock was stopped by the wave.

Data charts about Tsunami

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Using Google's Ngram viewer, here's how often Tsunami's' are talked about in the Google Book library compared to 'Tidal Waves' over time. It gives us a good idea on when these word

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If a tsunami occurred along the Cascadia subduction zone, how long would it take to reach the coast?

What are some fun facts about tsunami?

There were ancient stone tablets in Japan's recent tsunami struck areas with inscriptions "Do not build your homes below this point!"

The Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall

During the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami on 26 December 2004, fishermen said they saw with their own eyes "the reality of generations of legends . . . the remains of ancient temples and hundreds of refrigerator-sized blocks, all briefly exposed before the sea swallowed them up again."

Cristiano Ronaldo funded the education of a 7 y.o. survivor of the horrific 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. The boy was found 21 days after the disaster, alone and wearing a Portuguese national football team jersey. The boy grew up to be a football player and was signed by Sporting Lisbon last year

The copyright battle between the owners of Hello Kitty and Miffy ended after the Japanese Tsunami, when they agreed to immediately settle the case and donate their anticipated legal fees to the Tsunami Relief Effort.

Krishna's butterball. A giant 250 ton boulder situated in southern India, that's remained stationary on a slippery slope for at least 1300 years, defying an attempt move it using 7 elephants and even natural disasters like tsunami's and typhoons.

About Tilly Smith who, at age 10, helped save her family and hundreds of tourists in Thailand from the 2004 tsunami by recognizing warning signs of a tsunami that she had learned in her geography class two weeks earlier.

A grown man is knocked over by ankle deep water if it's moving at 6.7 mph, by knee depth at 4 mph, and waist depth at 2.6 mph. This is one reason tsunamis are so dangerous. (Pdf)

Cristiano Ronaldo funded the education of a 7 Y.O survivor of the horrific 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. The boy was found 21 days after the disaster, alone and wearing a Portuguese national football team jersey. The boy grew up to be a football player and was signed by Sporting Lisbon last year

After the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the yakuza sent hundreds of trucks filled with food, water, blankets, and sanitary accessories to aid the people in the affected areas of the natural disaster.

An Alaskan man found a Soccerball that had washed up ashore with Japanese writing on it. He discovered that the ball belonged to a Japanese teenager who lost it in a Tsunami - fact check

A motorcycle swept away by the Japanese tsunami washed up on the shore in Canada, the owner was identified and the motorcycle was returned.

The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa (one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history) was so powerful that it ruptured the eardrums of sailors 64km (40mi) away, created tsunamis over 40 metres high, and was so violent that it was heard 3,110km (1,930mi) away in Australia

A 57yo Japanese man has been learning to SCUBA dive specifically so he can look for his wife's remains after she was presumably swept away during the 2011 tsunami. He says her last email to him was "... I want to go home", and he is determined to make that happen.

A 10 year old British girl saved nearly a hundred foreign tourists at Maikhao Beach in Thailand by warning beachgoers minutes before the arrival of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami. She learned about tsunamis in school just two weeks prior to the event.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which occurred 10 years ago today is the biggest national tragedy in Sweden's modern history even though it occurred in Asia. They lost more citizens (543) than any other western country.

Ancient stone slabs in Japan had the following message: “High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.”

There was a second Fukushima nuclear power plant, 10km to the south, that suffered the same crippling tsunami damage, but was saved from meltdown by a capable leader and heroic staff.

One of the earliest weapons of mass destruction was used during the Siege of Antwerp in 1585. A Dutch explosive fire ship containing 4 tons of explosive rammed a fortified Spanish bridge, killing 800 spaniards, causing a small tsunami, and vibrating windows 22 miles away

On a hill overlooking the ocean in Otsuchi Town in northeastern Japan is a phone booth known as the "Telephone of the Wind". It is connected to nowhere, but people come to "call" family members lost during the tsunami of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Europe was much bigger, with a massive area of land connecting England, France, Denmark and Germany as recently as 8,000 BC. The landmass was washed away by one of the largest landslides and tsunamis known. - fact check

There were ancient stone tablets in Japan's recent tsunami struck areas with inscriptions "Do not build your homes below this point!"

Some roller coasters are recycled by selling them and moving them to other theme parks. This is partly because a reclaimed roller coaster can cost 80% less than a new one. One roller coaster, Tsunami, has been at 4 different theme parks since 1986.

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs also caused volcanoes to erupt everywhere, acid rain which burned flesh and vegetation, sulfuric gas that blocked out sunlight for years, vaporized rocks as deep as the sea floor, and mega tsunamis up to 2 miles (3.22km) high.

Japan was changed forever by the devastating triple tragedy that unfolded on March 11, 2011, bringing an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis." "The total cost of the catastrophe has been put at $286 billion by the World Bank, making it the most expensive disaster of all time."