tsu·​na·​mi | \ (t)su̇-ˈnä-mē How to pronounce tsunami (audio) \
plural tsunamis also tsunami

Definition of tsunami

: a great sea wave produced especially by submarine earth movement or volcanic eruption : tidal wave

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tsunamic \ (t)su̇-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce tsunamic (audio) \ adjective

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Diplomats from 22 countries and regions attended a briefing at the Foreign Ministry, where Japanese officials stressed the importance of combating rumors about safety at the plant, which was decimated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, "Japan briefs diplomats on Fukushima nuclear water concerns," 4 Sep. 2019 Tamaulipas state officials told the Houston Chronicle that the earthquake quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and did not result in a larger than normal waves. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Double Trouble: Underwater earthquake reported as Tropical Storm Fernand approaches Mexican coast," 3 Sep. 2019 In 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which is about 150 miles northeast of Tokyo, was triggered by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Russia is Sailing a 'Floating Chernobyl' Into the Arctic," 26 Aug. 2019 Since the spring of 2011, the world has known Fukushima for the massive earthquake and tsunami that killed approximately 16,000 people along the coast. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Fukushima is hoping for some Olympic gold," 13 Aug. 2019 Other scientists question the timing of the tsunami. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Used to Have a Huge Ocean, but Then a Mega-Tsunami Ruined Everything," 5 Aug. 2019 The 45-year-old, who has been in charge of multicultural affairs at City Hall since 2009, became interested in how to better assist foreigners during disasters after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "A less polite version of Japanese is helping foreigners stay safe during disasters," 27 June 2019 The agency warned of a possible tsunami up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) high along the coasts of the northwestern prefectures of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa. chicagotribune.com, "Powerful earthquake jolts northwest Japan, no major damage reported," 18 June 2019 When an earthquake and tsunami hit the country in 2011, its continued centrality to the industry quickly became apparent. The Economist, "The technology industry is rife with bottlenecks," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of tsunami

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tsunami

Japanese, from tsu harbor + nami wave

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The first known use of tsunami was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of tsunami

: a very high, large wave in the ocean that is usually caused by an earthquake under the sea and that can cause great destruction when it reaches land


tsu·​na·​mi | \ su̇-ˈnä-mē How to pronounce tsunami (audio) \

Kids Definition of tsunami

: a large sea wave produced especially by an earthquake or volcanic eruption under the sea : tidal wave

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