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By | Copyright Year:2011 | ISBN-13: 9780170189446

Tsunami introduces the idea of Extreme Natural Events and then moves to focus on tsunamis. After looking at what causes a tsunami, it examines the 2009 Samoan event. The book also covers how New Zealand is affected by not only the Samoan event, but the threat of tsunamis in general.

Tsunami has been designed to be used in both Social Studies and Geography classes. It is packed with new and engaging resources and imagery.

Social Studies classes can use this book to concentrate on the significance of the event. The causes and effects, people’s reaction in response to a community challenge, and how
people’s past actions impact on the lives of those living in the present.

Year 11 NCEA Level 1 Geography students can use this book for a more in-depth study of a tsunami as a result of an earthquake. By investigating the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, students will be able to demonstrate a geographic understanding of an extreme natural event and the human response to it.

Activities for students are designed around key competencies to encourage the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. Teachers can choose to have students work on tasks as individuals, groups or as a class.


1 What is an Extreme Natural Event?
2 What is a Tsunami?
3 Possible Effects of a Tsunami
4 Tsunamis Around the World
5 Where Samoa is Located
6 Historical Links between Samoa and New Zealand
7 Modern Links between Samoa and New Zealand
8 Geographic Links between Samoa and New Zealand
9 Earthquake near Samoa
10 The Earthquake Generates a Tsunami
11 Two New Zealand Saviours
12 Killer Waves
13 Immediate Response in Samoa
14 Immediate Effects of the Tsunami
15 Responses to the Effects of the Tsunami
16 New Zealand Response
17 Long-term Effects of the Tsunami on Samoa
18 Immediate Effect of the Tsunami on New Zealand
19 Does New Zealand really get Tsunamis?
20 2010 Chile Earthquake
21 Can Humans Protect Themselves from Tsunamis?
22 Tofa - Goodbye
23 How To Answer Test/Exam Questions


Ruth Naumann is an experienced Social Studies teacher and the author of numerous social studies publications.


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