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Does global warming have anything to do with tsunamis?


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2013-11-21 20:29:07
2013-11-21 20:29:07

Not directly. Tsunamis are produced by seismic movements at the bottom of the sea, therefore are produced geologically and not meteorologically.

However, global warming may increase the chances for tsunamis and other natural disasters. An increase in tsunamis may happen due to the fact that changes in the temperature of the oceans may affect streams and underwater geophysical masses producing environmental conditions that, although unlikely, might precipitate seismic movements at a given place.

While "tsunami" is the preferred word for large wave, as opposed to "tidal wave" which has nothing to do with tides, you may hear reporters or news broadcasaters refer to a meteorologically driven rogue wave as a tsunami. We don't have a better word to distinguish between these events.

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