Emma 5 Outrun a Tsunami


Hello, I’m Emma and I’m in 5th grade. Have
you ever seen the movie “Pompeii”? Multiple times in the movie, characters are constantly
“beating nature.” In one scene, they are outrunning a tsunami. Imagine if you were caught near
the coastline near a tsunami. Could you outrun it?
I’m going to prove that an average human could actually be fast enough to beat the enormous wave. A tsunami is a series of ocean waves generated
by sudden displacements of the ocean floor, landslides, or volcanic activity. In the deep
ocean, the tsunami wave may only be a few inches high. The tsunami wave may come gently
ashore or increase in height and become a fast-moving wall of water several meters high.
Tsunamis can’t be prevented, but you can have community preparedness, timely warnings, and
effective response to a tsunami. When a tsunami is approaching a coast, you
only have a split second to turn and head for high ground. The speed of the tsunami
at this point is anywhere from 30-200mph. Think of this: your car is going 65mph on
a highway, and that feels fast. Right? Now think of how it would feel if you were going
over 3 times that speed. Pretty mind blowing. If you are near high ground or further away
from the coast, you have a greater chance of surviving this massive wave. The average human can run 9 6/10 mph, more
or less. Let’s just say you have a better chance of dying than living. This experiment
shows how a tsunami works. [water sloshing in a bottle] The water erodes a lot of the land and takes
anything in its way with it. It also shows that there are two waves, and if the second
wave is going fast enough, it will catch up and form a gargantuan wave. Even if you are
on high ground, the ground beneath you could erode away. My conclusion is that this myth is [holds
up a sign saying “plausible”] but it depends on how far away you are and if you are near
high ground. If the actors in the movie were really as close as they seem, they wouldn’t
have survived.

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