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Facts About Limnic Eruption

Massive explosions. Lava fountains. Mushroom clouds. Pyroclastic flows. Lahar. We’re familiar with these natural occurrences that result from volcanic eruptions. But not many of us know about a different, much weirder type of eruption. It’s called limnic eruption. It’s so rare and bizarre that there are only two recorded eruptions of this kind in history: at Lake Monoun in 1884 and Lake Nyos in 1986. What is a limnic eruption?A limnic eruption, also known as lake overturn, is a type of natural d…

What is a Tsunami?

What is a tsunami?A tsunami is a series of waves created when a body of water is suddenly displaced. They are also called seismic waves since most tsunamis are caused by seismic activity such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and even landslides under bodies of water. In prehistoric times, some scientists believe that tsunamis might have even been caused by meteorite impact in the ocean. What causes a tsunami?Tsunamis can be seen as a series of traveling ocean waves having great lengths that ha…

Tsunami Warning Signs

A lot of people have seen the damage that a tsunami can cause as evidenced by the one that happened in December 26, 2004. Caused by an earthquake somewhere in the Indian Ocean, the tsunami generated was able to devastate a number of countries, caused over 220,000 casualties in the areas that the killer waves reached and displaced a million others after its wake. Despite a substantial delay of about several hours from the earthquake event and the first impact of the tsunami, a majority of the vic…

How Tsunamis Work

2004 TsunamiIn 2004, man was once again brought down to its knees by the devastating power of mother nature. And this time that reminder did not come from the skies or from the land, it came by sea.On December 26, 2004, an undersea earthquake with a measure of 9.3 magnitude occurred off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. With that magnitude, the earthquake quickly gained prominence as being the second largest earthquake in history. But the most terrifying event was not the earthquake itsel…