Tsunami Reading List

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This is a general reading list for those interested in knowing more about the powerful force of tsunami waves.  These sources may be found through school or public libraries, or through the web links included with some of the citations.


Dudley, Walter and Min Lee. Tsunami! 2nd ed. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i, 1998.

Myles, Douglas. The Great Waves. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1985.


Atwater, Brian, et al. Surviving a tsunami--Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan. US Geological Survey Circular 1187. Also: http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/c1187/

Folger, Tim. "Waves of Destruction." Discover (May 1994): 66-73.

Fryer, Gerard. “The Most Dangerous Wave." The Sciences (July/August 1995): 38-43.

Gonzalez, F. I, and E. N. Bernard. "The Cape Mendocino Tsunami." Earthquakes and Volcanoes 23(3)(1992): 135-38.

Gonzalez, Frank I. "TSUNAMI!" Scientific American 21(12) (May 1999): 56-65. Also:http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=tsunami

McCredie, Scott. "When Nightmare Waves Appear Out of Nowhere to Smash the Land." Smithsonian (March 1994): 28-39.

Monastersky, R. "How a Middling Quake Made a Giant Tsunami."Science News 156(6)(14 August 1998):100-101. Also: Science News Online http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc98/8_1_98/fob3.htm

-- Seabed Slide Blamed for Deadly Tsunami." Science News 156(7) (14 August 1999): 100. Also: Science News Online, http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc99/8_14_99/fob2.htm

--- "Waves of Death." Science News 154(14) (13 October 1999):221-223.
Also: Science News Online, http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc98/10_3_98/bob2.htm


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