Why predicting tsunami is hard?

Guest Post by Afzal Zaheer

It is indeed a herculean task to predict tsunami on the lines of Earthquake.  However, efforts are being made towards minimizing death and destruction.

There have been earthquakes in the past and who can forget 9.1magnitude of earthquake which struck off the coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia.

The Tsunami which followed later on was the worst. It resulted in huge death and destruction as 230,000 people lost their lives while many got injured and still others turned homeless.

However, it made the concerned authorities aware about the impending danger of Tsunami after the earthquake.

However, on the other hand, 8.6 magnitude of earthquake which struck off the coast of Sumatra, luckily did not cause any death and destruction. Thus, it signals the complexity of predicting Tsunami for sure. Isn’t it?

How tsunami is generated?

When the Earth’s crust beneath the sea is disrupted on a massive scale, then there is an immense displacement of water which triggers Tsunami and its intensity can be gauged from the fact that it usually takes the violent proportion as it reaches whopping 1000km/h

Warning system of Tsunami

Due to the absence of Tsunami Warning System in the Indian Ocean, there was huge loss of lives and property in 2004. It necessitated the concerned authorities to develop their warning system in the Indian Ocean community

Predicting the waves of Tsunami

If an earthquake is of more than 7 magnitude, then it usually triggers Tsunami. Although, it is quite a challenge to predict Tsunami, yet thanks to sophisticated and highly developed early warning systems, you will be able to get a sense of approaching system in coupe of minutes.

Reason for 8.6 magnitude earthquake not generating Tsunami?

The earthquake which occurred off the coast of Sumatra in April 2012, did not give way for Tsunami, since it was in line with the boundary of plate.

Still, if the new theory is to be believed, yet the recent earthquake which occurred on 12th April luckily did not cause much destruction. The scientists were out with the explanation that it only resulted in causing the two plates to grind in a horizontal way.

Although, Tsunami warning was issued by Indonesian Metrological Service along with other centers but fortunately, there was no disturbance.


It is imperative to collect the requisite data but it is just one side of a coin and the thing which equally matters the most is the way you response to any tsunami alert. Although, they do not occur frequently, yet if people are prepared fully, then it can surely save thousands of life as well. The world should take inspiration from Japan which is considered to be the country which has taken all the necessary precautions towards preparing for any eventuality.
Therefore, by reading the aforesaid article, you know that it is quite hard to predict the occurrence of Tsunami. However, to be at a safer side, you need to gear up for any eventuality. Since Tsunamis can even be caused due to other factors in the form of landslides, volcanoes etc

Author Bio:Afzal Zaheer is the owner of Socialnerves.com where he is providing useful information for small business entrepreneurs and social media. Being a content writer as well, he has the credit of writing for various esteemed sites too.

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