Natural Hazards


A Tsunami (Japanese word meaning ‘harbour wave’), one of nature’s most awesome forces, is a series of ocean waves of extremely long wave length and long period, generated in a body of water by an impulsive disturbance that displaces the water.

A Tsunami consists of 5-6 waves of which the first wave is small and called the gentle wave. The second and the third waves are the high waves and most destructive.


Prepared by ICoD - Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (Valletta, Malta) & the Editorial Board