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Tsunami: a history of the term and of scientific understanding of the phenomenon in Japanese and Western culture.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19068999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the past few years we have unfortunately had several reminders of the ability of a particular type of ocean wave--a tsunami--to devastate coastal areas. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, in particular, was one of the largest natural disasters of past decades in terms of the number of people killed. The name of this phenomenon, tsunami, is possibly the only term that has entered the physics lexicon from Japanese. We use Japanese and Western sources to document historical tsunami in Europe and Japan, the birth of the scientific understanding of tsunami, and how the Japanese term came to be adopted in English.
Julyan H E Cartwright; Hisami Nakamura
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Notes and records of the Royal Society of London     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0035-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Notes Rec R Soc Lond     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-12     Completed Date:  2009-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505774     Medline TA:  Notes Rec R Soc Lond     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  151-66     Citation Subset:  QIS    
Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, CSIC-Universidad de Granada, Campus Fuentenueva, E-18071 Granada, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Disasters / history*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Terminology as Topic*
Tidal Waves / history*

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