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Japanese for "wave in bay." A long-period wave generated by
rapid displacement of water, such as by seismic disturbances to the sea
floor. Tsunamis travel at speeds of about 700 km/h in the open ocean and
build to dangerous heights and energy density when their speed slows in
Garrison, T. 1993. Oceanography, an Invitation to Marine
Science. Wadsworth Publishing Co. p. 528.
Neshyba, S. 1987. Oceanography,
Perspectives on a Fluid Earth. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. p. 491.