If all 1.5 billion people in China jumped at the same time would it cause a tsunami?

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August 17, 2008 8:07AM

No. It's just a common bit of trivia that emerged out of who-knows-where, but is patently untrue in every possible scientific way.

The Straight Dope actually did the calculations of this question a while back, and here's what they came up with:


He calculated that the resulting impact would be about the equivalent of 500 tons of TNT - a pretty decent explosion, but nowhere near enough to shake the earth or cause an earthquake, tsunami, or any other cataclysmic event.