In this activity children investigate the movement of waves and use a chart to explain how to predict when a tsunami may hit.
Japan's most powerful earthquake since records began struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami on 11 March 2011. Cars, ships and buildings were swept away by a wall of water after the 8.9- magnitude tremor, which struck about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo.
Children will investigate the movement of waves and use a chart to explain how to predict when a tsunami may hit.
- that tsunamis are waves
Children will learn:
- how tsunamis are formed
- that motion is affected by forces
- that tsunamis can travel
- to evaluate a chart and use it to describe the motion of waves
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.