Dust off your past issues of Canadian Geographic to find these tsunami
On March 27, 1964, a giant wave – or tsunami – was
generated North America’s strongest earthquake of the
century. It swept down Canada’s West Coast from the Gulf
of Alaska, devastating the Vancouver Island community of Port
Alberni. Despite an elaborate tsunami warning system now in
place, Pacific Coast residents still do not take the threat
of giant waves seriously.
By Bruce Obee
Canadian Geographic, February/March 1989
Slip Sliding Away
Canadian Geographic, March/April 2001
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Tsunamis
and Tsunami Research web site
is a very informative resource, covering the causes and history
of tsunamis as well as examining the Cascadia subduction zone in
coastal British Columbia.
For an exciting, multimedia perspective on the causes and effects
of tsunamis, visit PBS’ Waves
of Destruction: Tsunamis.
International Tsunami Information Centre is a vast international resource, offering a wealth of information
about everything tsunami-related.
Decades of Global Tsunamis” (Adobe pdf), published
in The Science of Tsunami Hazards and available online at
catalogues the world-wide occurrence and effects of tsunamis
between 1982 and 2002.
Be prepared by reading up on the risks and how to protect
yourself from a tsunami at the government of British Columbia’s site.
For a basic introduction to tsunamis and other cataclysms, consider
Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis.” (Mc-Graw-Hill, 1999)
If you already consider yourself a expert on the subject, Edward
The Underrated Hazard” (Cambridge
University Press, 2001) will provide you with a more in-depth look
at the causes of tsunamis and how they have shaped the world’s
coastlines over the course of history.
-compiled by Jan Dutkiewicz
To learn about and donate to the relief efforts currently underway
in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world affected by the
recent tsunami, visit one of the following sites:
The Canadian Red Cross