Tsunami Strike! Caribbean Edition

Tsunami Strike! Caribbean Edition
  1. Students will understand the basic physics of water waves (wave height, depth, amplitude, and speed) and how tsunamis represent a special type of water wave. Students will be able to calculate or predict (the increase or decrease in) one property of a wave from its other properties.
  2. Students will be able to describe the effects of bathymetric features on wave angle and speed (refraction, reflection, shoaling).
  3. Students will be able to make a basic calculation of the force in a tsunami wave and state how that relates to other more common forces they may be familiar with.
  4. Students will be able to describe the types of seismic and other events that can generate tsunamis.
  5. Students will have a basic knowledge of the earth's major plates and their locations, and understand why some faults zones are more likely to generate tsunamis.
  6. Students will be able to recognize the natural signs of an impending tsunami at a coast.
  7. Students will be able to describe how tsunami warnings are disseminated by national and local agencies.
  8. Students will be able to determine the best tsunami evacuation locations given geographic and urban information.
  9. Students will be able to state locations and basic facts about several significant tsunamis that occurred between 1900 and 2011.
  10. Students will be able to relate the basic elements of several legends reflecting devastating tsunamis in ancient and pre-literate times.
  11. Students will increase their knowledge of many geographic locations by connecting them to historic tsunamis.
  12. Students will be able to describe the various technologies and systems involved in seismic monitoring and issuing tsunami warnings.
  13. Students will be able to describe community and personal preparedness measures that can be taken for potential tsunamis.