Natural Disasters: Tsunamis: Indian Ocean
These sites have information about the devastating tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean in December of 2004. Animations, maps, photographs, and movies are found on several sites. Included is an eThemes resource on the general topic of tsunamis.
BBC: The Tsunami Disaster Explained
Students can watch this animation of the Asian tsunami.
FactMonster: Tsunami Factfile
This encyclopedia entry has photographs and charts. Students can also watch a BrainPOP movie about tsunamis and then take a quiz. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Science: Indian Ocean Tsunami
This article "In Wake of Disaster, Scientists Seek Out Clues to Prevention" shows a before and after photograph. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can read this article "Tsunamis: Facts about Killer Waves." There are also related articles. NOTE: The site includes ads.
PBS: Deadly Tsunamis
Students can watch an animation of the Indian Ocean tsunami by clicking on "Video."
NOVA: Wave that Shook the World
Scientists recreate the Indian Ocean tsunamis to prepare for the next tsunami. There is an interactive world map and another interactive "Anatomy of a Tsunami." Teachers can print out the "Teacher's Guide."
PBS: NewsHour Extra
This short article was written shortly after the Asian tsunami struck. Teachers can click on "How to use this story in a classroom..."
PBS: Tsunami Alert
Students can watch this NewsHour interview in streaming video or listen to the interview in RealAudio.
PBS: Online NewsHour
"Governments Struggle to Create Tsunami Alert System." Students can read this article written one year after the Asian tsunami.
National Geophysical Data Center
Students can view this dataset of "Tsunamis Events of the Indian Ocean Region."
Some of these visualizations take time to download.
This site has an interactive map and a timeline. There are also links to many other stories about the tsunami which require a subscription. NOTE: The site includes ads.
2004 Tsunami Map
Students can view a "Tsunami Travel Time Map," "Tsunami Epicenter Map," and more. Click on "Tsunami Satellite Images" for before and after photographs. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Asian Tsunami Maps
This site is a directory to many Asian tsunami maps and images including "Wave Amplitude" from NOAA.
eThemes Resource: Natural Disasters: Tsunamis
These sites have information about tsunamis and what causes them. See photographs, animations, and videos that show their destructive power when they reach land. Includes coloring sheets to print out, quizzes, puzzles, simulation models, and an online picture book. There is also a link to an eThemes Resource on earthquakes.