By JoeCannibal

Tsunamis are gigantic waves that occur when a large body of water is displaced on a massive scale. Most tsunamis occur in the ocean because of the weather around them. When winds blow at a tremendous speed then that is when tsunamis tend to happen. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, underwater explosions, can also create tsunamis. Tsunamis aren't usually very high but can be often hundreds of kilometers long. Most tsunamis can be spotted as a passing "hump" in the ocean which alused to be called tidal waves. One of the most dangerous things about tsunamis though, is that it's very hard to spot the makings of one except or noticing the cause of them first. So far, there are no known ways to prevent tsunamis, making them extremely dangerous. As we all know, the biggest ocean in the world is the Pacific Ocean so naturally the weather will be bad, making it the ocean with the most tsunamis recorded so far. There is a weird thing about tsunamis too, because most people don't even know what a tsunami is and even if they do, they just know it as a killer wave that they saw on T.V. Because the people that have actually seen it in real life, usually haven't lived through it.

Experts of the National Institute of Ocean Technology have all predicted that a huge tsunami will hit the coast of Vancouver soon. Exerts are trying to find out how big and high the tsunami will be. Coast guards will always be on the lookout and we have water-gauges to tell us how massive the tsunami will be before it hits. However, it might be too late by then to prevent the tsunami which could kill a lot of people and leave many homeless. So the conclusion is, we should find out how high and big the tsunami will be *BEFORE* it hits. Nonetheless, this kind of information is hard to find because, as I said before, the tsunami hasn't hit yet (saying that the tsunami will hit) People might not think that tsunamis are a big deal but when they actually hit, you'll feel the burn! Look at the video below, it shows how big and scary a tsunami can be!

From Youtube user HongLin, "Tsunami"

Tsunami project-How can it affect Vancouver?

According to the Canadian fisheries and ocean web site experts, a great tsunami will soon hit the coast of British Columbia. This can be very dangerous for small town like Coquitlam because it's actually very close to the coast opposed to some other cities. So when the tsunami hits, who will sound the alarm, how can we protect ourselves, how high will the tsunami be, and how much damage can it make? These are all very good questions but the answers are going to be hard to find as the tsunami itself hasn't actually striked yet.

Tsunamis emerge when earthquakes, landslides, fast winds, volcanic eruptions, meteor impacts, and some other natural disasters displace water at a massive scale. So the tsunamis will naturally be very high. But the first question is "how high"? So we can protect ourselves. So far, we have a good way to see how high the water will be when it strikes because we have water gauges to see how high the tsunami will be and what the pressure of it is.

Ok, so let's just say that the tsunami hits Vancouver, the people along the coast will probably be the ones that feel the blunt of the blow. The department of fisheries and oceans has already reported that an earthquake might blow off on the Cascadia subduction zone and might create a massive tsunami along the West Coast from Northern Vancouver Island down to Northern California. The Cascadia tsunami(s) that may occur could rise to a height of 30 meters (that's as high as a ten-story building!) However, there is little comfort in the cascadia tsunami attack because the tsunamis only happen once from 200-800 years, or so the experts say. The scary part however, is that the tsunami is only about 10 meters high in the beginning and then it can gather up another 15 meters in height as it moves, so that means some cities might get hit and others may not!

Tsunamis can be very damaging to our environment in many different hazardful ways. The biggest damage would probably be destroying people's homes and could leave thousands of people homeless! Vancouver Island had major earthquakes in 1918 and 1946; and one of these occured in a crucial spot that could cause landslides which has a chance of generating tsunamis. The first warning that will reach us if a tsunami comes, will be from the worldwide network of seismographs. It will then be further passed on to the Pacific Geoscience Centre (PGC) so they may alert coast guards to sound the alarms.

In conclusion, I believe that we should all make precautions for the tsunami, especially people along the coast that will really feel the tsunamis' wrath. Some things to do will be simple things such as preparing flashlights, food that can be eaten without cooking, bottled water, and things like that that can also be used for other natural disasters like earthquakes. The government should also coast guards to be more alert so that they can alert us citizens before time and maybe find some ways to prevent the tsunamis from reaching us!!!external image ona_l.jpgexternal image tsunami.jpg
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Thinking about Evaluation: Have you made any evaluation statements on your page?
Have you considered:
What you did? What else you could have done?
What went well? What could have been improved on?
What did you learn?
What did you like about this process? What would you improve?

To sum it all up, I basically first introduced what a tsunami is. After this, most people will have a better understanding about what a tsunami is and what it can do and then I added a video on a tsunami to show what it looks like. After that, I wrote about how a tsunami could affect Vancouver and how we can prevent it and how can we find out before time. All of this went well, because with the proper research, I could find out everything I needed. However, I think there are things I could of improved on, such as making/conducting a experiment with a fish tank and maybe creating a minature tsunami but I didn't have a fish tank so that experiment was out of the question. On the other hand, I learned a lot more about tsunamis than I did before than what I thought I would learn. However, If I were to choose a method of representing that we understand something then I think I would choose to do a report on tsunamis kind of like this one with the actual criteria wrote out for us but that's just me because I tend to do better with standards set out for me to follow. So technically, I think that if Mr.Truss put more of a limit on the sites then I think I could have done much better!

Higher Order Thinking. Have I showed it? If I were to answer that question, then yes. In the beginning, I was very confused how I could show higher order thinking with the topic: Tsunamis, so I sent a mail to Mr.Truss for help saying how I could represent higher order thinking and he wrote back: "That's where your higher order thinking comes in... answering the what-if, even if you don't know the answer. Presenting information in a different way does not make it higher order. Figuring out - imagining what it would be like if the tsunami hit... where would be affected, what will happen... even though you can't find the information, now THAT is higher order thinking!" So then I used this as my guide, and tried to answer all the questions to the best of my ability. As I said from before if you tried hard enough, the information was all there on the internet, it just took some hard work and predicting. So my answer is yes, I showed Higher Order Thinking.

• Does your page have some sort of introduction to your topic?
• If you did an experiment, then do you have a good explanation of what you did, and why you did it?
• Do you have at least one paragraph that describes what you learned, and what questions you still have?
• Have you looked at Blooms again, and made sure that you have demonstrated higher level thinking?

Have you had someone else (such as a parent) PROOF READ your work? If not, who are you going to ask before Friday?

As I said before, My page has 2 paragraphs that explain what a tsunami is and things it can do. However, I didn't do an experiment because I don't have the fish tank/aquarium. I have paragraphs that describe what I learn such as putting the information into a paragraph that states educated guesses on how high the tsunami could be if it hits vancouver and what precautions we should make. Looking at Bloom's, i think I demonstated all the necessary parts. I have got my parents to proof read this page so there shouldn't be any mistakes.