OK, if you're going to try and start acting clever we can talk about the earthquake focus, combined with the possibilty of high tides, low pressure systems and the type of earthquake wave; and resulting severity.SLRboy said:tattoelady,
the tsunami that happened two years ago both horrified me and broke my heart as it did so many of us.
I had friends in Thailand at the time who fortunately were safe.
Now what gets me is how so many people jump to wrong conclusions.
It is not the power, as such, of an earth quake that causes a tsunami but its location.
The one a couple of years ago happened right on the line between two plates.
This forced one plate under the other.
And it was the rising of the other plate, not so much the earth quake itself that caused the tsunami to happen with such dreadful results.
And its because of this small yet salient little bit of knowledge coupled with the ability to ask questions and not jump instantly to conclusions I knew that in the case of the Taiwan earth quake we didn't have much to worry about.
All these things I know, however, information provided online did not give the information on how close to the plate boundary, how close to the surface, and what type of movement (plate rebound in case of 2004 tsunami). However, as you're so clever you also know that the richter scale is a measure of energy released in the earthquake, and is not an arithmetic scale. Therefore the severity of any possible tsunami is greately magnified with the difference between a "7" and a "9". So the amount of energy released in an earthquake does impact on the severity of any possible tsunami.
Or do you want to try and be properly clever? I can prove you properly wrong on plate tectonics if you so wish?
Obviously you know everything there is to know about politics and conspiracy theories... or not...