The immense swell of a tsunami can grow up to 100 feet, hitting speeds over 500 miles per hour. That’s a treacherous combination for anyone or anything in a tsunami’s path. In this video, Alex Gendler details the causes of these towering terrors and explains how scientists are seeking to reduce their destruction in the future.
Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky radio series almost since it began until it ended in 2013. Today, as Lead Editor at EarthSky.org, she helps present the science and nature stories and photos you enjoy. She also serves as one of the voices of EarthSky on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and G+. She and her husband live in Tennessee and have two grown sons.