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Assignment Questions

The Causes and Effects of Tsunamis

Introduction: -what is tsunami? how are they caused?, what parts of the earth are principally affected by tsunamis? are there any regions on earth that are not susceptible to tsunami-induced damage?
Tsunami Formation and Tracking:
give a working definition of a tsunami. how are tsunamis classified and how are they tracke? for how long have countries on earth been aware of tsunamis? describe the nature and extend of the damage that tsunamis can cause. how do earthquakes lead to tsunamis? where must the earthquakes occure to produce tsunamis? how strong must the earthquackes be on the Richter scale? what other catastrophic events can lead to tsunamis? describe the events that must occur in order that tsunamis can form, touch on these areas,at least: the earthquacke upheaval(in the right places)-the impact of a huge meteor with the open ocean,with so many meteors hitting earth, why ahve there been few, if any, meteor-induced tsunamis? – Describe the wall of water moving away from the production region.- what are the wave speeds of tsunamis.
If you see or sense a tsunami coming, what can you do to prevent its doint damage to land or ships?
Can you stop or deflect tsunamis? can you explode large-enough nuclear bombs, for example in their paths?
what did animals sense, by instinct, that most people did not, that enabled the animals to seek high ground in order to escape tsunami dvastation:
-describe a possible tsunami early-warning network you would design. how extensive would it be?what sensors might you use?
-is there any use in being able to predict and track tsunamis?
-How would earthquake-predection models help warn about tsunami prediction?

Tsunami-induced Damage Including Aid Relief to Victims:
Using the recent south Asia as a model, catalog the scope and extent tsunami-induced damage.
-as a Counter Disaster Officer (CDO), what measures would you put in place to help alleviate possible death and damage from subsequent tsunami activity.
-As a CDO, how would you direct aid efforts from within your country and from outside? How would you order your aid priorities?
Social and Political Issues:
-How to prevent the spread of disease?
-How to dispose of the deceased?
-what social/religious groups should be allowed to help out?
-who should do the rebuilding?
-what to do about the orphans?
-How should the childeren continue with their education
These should follow from the text of your paper. You should not use this section to introduce new discussion points.

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