The Insane Plan to Freeze a Tsunami!


To freeze water, you don’t have to be the
character Sub-Zero from the beloved game Mortal Kombat. Nowadays you can just put your water in the
freezer, wait a few minutes, and the job is done. But what do you do if you want to freeze a
few million liters of the liquid that are moving
at you at a speed of 500 miles or 800 km per hour? It is at such a pace that the most destructive
waves on the planet – tsunami – sweep across the
open oceans. Transforming
an enormous body of water into a giant hunk of ice would be a challenge
even for the likes of Sub-Zero, but I can tell you what it will take to
accomplish such a thing. By the way, before I forget… The “cool” idea for this video was given
to us by our active subscriber RGC, so lets thank
him with likes! Thanks,
dude! Now, before moving on to the main question,
lets remember just why these deadly waves do occur. As there is no smoke without fire, so a
tsunami is not an independent phenomenon. It appears as a result of
underwater earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, meteorite falls,
or comets … Basically, any large disturbance in the water can raise
waves tens of feet high. And to add insult to injury, getting away
from a tsunami is almost impossible. Once this gigantic displacement of water
reaches land, the water moves at a speed of 6 to 12 miles, or 10 to 20
kilometers, per hour. Unless you happen to already be in a car on
a road leading in the right direction, and can drive
away from this multi-million- ton liquid monster, the streets will turn
into small rivers before you can even think about getting into a vehicle. Getting out of the path of the
tsunami is also rarely an option unless you are lucky enough to be near
one of its edges – the total tsunami width averages from between 60 to
120 miles (that’s from between 96 to 123 km). But, if this terrifying
natural disaster catches you in midocean, you might just survive… as
long as you are as far as possible from the coastline! If you are aboard a
ship, and tsunami sneaks up behind you, and land is not visible – you
can relax. Interestingly, under such conditions, the
height of a tsunami will be a maximum of measly 2 feet (or about
60 cm), and not an inch more! You might not even notice it passing by. But everything changes
fundamentally when this false tide reaches the shore. The massive wave
is now drastically and suddenly reduced in length, its energy and mass
bunching up, whereupon it begins climbing, reaching a height of as
much as 100 feet (that’s 30 meters), or even more! 10 to 15 minutes of
this colossal assault is all it takes to bring everything to hell and ruin,
flooding entire cities and anything else that stands in the way of this
ruthless, relentless elemental beast. The most powerful and highest tsunami on record
occurred in the year 1958 near Alaska. The
wave rose risen to a record 1,720 feet, or 524 meters! This is higher than
the Eiffel Tower, or the former World Trade Center in New York! This
wasn’t just a tsunami…this was a mega-tsunami. This wave of waves
had so much force that it uprooted thousands of trees… and it also stole
away about a hundred human lives… And although it was the most
powerful tsunami recorded to date, it wasn’t the deadliest… In 2011, a
large-scale tsunami disaster in Japan – where the word “tsunami”
originates sadly claimed the lives of 15,000 people. And prior to that, in 2004, a gigantic
super-tsunami that started off the coast of Indonesia resulted in the
deaths of over 230,000 people across 14 countries. As much as
we would like for such disasters to remain in the past, the likelihood of a
new tsunami appearing is actually increasing every day, according to
some researchers! At first glance, the reasoning behind the
increasing chance for more tsunamis is far from obvious. But scientists say it is due
to global warming! Melting glaciers could result in ice landslides,
and the fall of huge rocky, icy slopes. If large enough, such a thing could result
in a devastating, giant wave! As a matter of fact, the record-breaking
tsunami near Alaska occurred for just for the same reason… Such dark prospects are stimulating the best
minds in the world to figure out how to save millions of lives from future
water-borne cataclysms. A
physicist at the University of Cardiff, one Professor Usama Kadri, kadri has
proposed to solve the issue using sound. For example, by blasting at full
volume the latest Justin Bieber album, as a result of which the tsunami
simply be scared away… Okay, I kid. In reality, the scientist was referring
to the use of gravitational sound waves. Their energy should be enough,
he theorizes, to disperse the impending giant wave! Though, to be sure,
nobody yet knows how to create such a device capable of first
predetermining the approach of a tsunami, and secondly, generating and
releasing such a gravitational sound assault in response, not even
Professor Kadri himself. There is a chance that in the future this
problem will be solved. Meanwhile, scientists are still considering
all other possible options for combatting tsunamis. The Japanese recently decided to approach
this conundrum by building a giant wall along the
coast of their island nation., in order to protect the
land of the Rising Sun from these giant waves, the length of the “great
Japanese wall” will be more than 248 miles, or 400 km, with a height of
about 50 feet (or 15 meters)! However, skeptics believe that such a
structure, although it would look pretty darn cool, would be unlikely to
protect the country in every tsunami emergency. Tsunamis that reach
higher than the intended wall have been recorded throughout history. In
addition, building such a construction along the Japanese coastline is
going to have a highly negative impact on the environment in those
regions… But even if Japan does fence itself off from
tsunamis with concrete walls, what will the rest of the planet do? It is time to call Sub-Zero for some
help, because we’re going to fight this water monster with cold! The idea
of nipping one of these H20 beasts in the bud, before it reaches the
shore, when it’s just getting started, may seem quite obvious at first
glance. But this is a common misconception. In order to freeze a wave
below the surface, and at a fairly hefty depth, would require turning an entire ocean into ice, which is completely
and utterly impossible. Therefore, it would be better and more practical
to start our freezing process closer to the shore, where the waves
gain their maximum height. At this stage, we need to throw out all our
preconceptions and beliefs about water freezing at a temperature
of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius. For fast-moving streams of water, lower
temperatures are required. The volume of the tsunami will be
somewhere around 100 million liters, So, to turn this amount of water into a glacier,
we will need a temperature of around minus -148 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s
about minus -100 degrees Celsius)!! Hearing these numbers, Sub-Zero begins to
beat a hasty retreat… But this is no problem, we can cope without
him. Though for a
freezing operation of such scale we will need to arm ourselves with a lot
of freezers. Did I say a lot of freezers? Yes, we will need about 900,000
of these babies! And they will all need to work continuously
for about a month. In the end, they will use approximately 13,375,000
kWh of energy. This is the power required to glaciate the
wave. Our only
problem is, as you may have guessed, we need to do it a lot faster than
a month. Tsunamis, as previously mentioned, though
not exactly speedy, move a lot faster than that, and before
you know it, the pretty little metropolis you call home will be underwater… So, let’s imagine that – somehow – we’ve
managed to do the impossible and the tsunami is now frozen. But really this ice sculpture is going to
need to be moved somewhere, otherwise it will melt and complete its
destructive work. You could try to crush it and hand out martinis
to everyone nearby to celebrate the passing of
the tsunami danger, but this will devastate neighboring settlements with
the scourge of alcoholism, thus ruining the local economies. It’s probably a better idea to take this
“wealth” of ice somewhere far away with the help of big trucks. The most
suitable option for work like this is something called the BelAZ-75710 –
the biggest dump truck in the world! with a total loading
capacity of a gargantuan 450 tons, we’ll only need a mere 220 thousand
of these giants to cope with our load of tsunami ice. Ah…but there is a
slight problem…there are only 3 BelAZ dump trucks in the whole world! We do have some other options: for example,
there’s the KAMAZ dump truck with a loading capacity of 40 tons. It’s no slouch. But, unfortunately, it will take 2.5 million of these machines
to get the job done. And again,
they simply don’t exist in numbers like these. In fact, to even just get
started, we’d have to use every existing dump truck on the planet. Long
story short: freezing a tsunami and the subsequent transportation of its
ice to another location is an almost impossible task for mere mortals to
try to perform… It’s difficult to imagine such a thing as
a frozen tsunami happening in the natural world… But in all actuality, something similar does
occur in real life. They call this phenomenon… the “ice tsunami”. It is, of course, not a
real tsunami, but the sight of such a spectacle is exciting nonetheless. This phenomenon occurs not in oceans, but
in lakes. When a thaw
comes, the first cracks develop on the solid ice “mirror” on the surface of
the lake. Strong winds then send the scattered blocks
of ice towards the coast, as a result of which they split and
start piling up on top of each other. These solid ice waves may even come ashore,
which scares the screamin’ bejesus out of the locals. And sometimes ice rising from an ice
tsunami can even invade human dwellings, if they are too close to the
shoreline. However, this phenomenon isn’t particularly
dangerous. At
least you can run away from it – heck, you can walk away from it – in
contrast to a real tsunami, which – I think we now finally understand –
cannot be thwarted by low temperatures… Though you know, perhaps we can freeze something
else to stop a tsunami? As I said, global warming and melting glaciers
are only increasing the likelihood of a tsunami. And if we can manage to reduce
this effect by getting the temperature of the planet a few degrees lower,
then there will be one less reason for these destructive waves to form in
the first place. The only question is: how to do it? Freezers are surely out
of the question… I know that I have the coolest and most imaginative
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100 thoughts on “The Insane Plan to Freeze a Tsunami!

  1. Laser cooling? Works for Bose/Einstein condensates. Orbital laser platforms used to super cool the tsunami tracking it as it moves across the ocean freezing solid once it reached the shore.. break it in to large “bergs” and tow them out to sea to melt harmlessly and/or brought on land to replenish needed fresh water.

  2. You have forgotten about the momentum of the wave. Imagine only a train – what distance it need before it stops from the brake point! I think that even frozen, the tsunami will continue to slide catastrophically to the shore.

  3. Leave it to Trump he has the capability to handle the illegal immigrants???

  4. Stop greenhouse gas production (eliminate use of fossil fuels and whatnot) remove the greenhouse gasses already in our atmosphere, propel the earth away from the sun until the world is a few degrees colder (if possible) and dump liquid nitrogen (or another colder substance) onto glaciers

  5. Hey here is an idea

    Let’s not fantasise about freezing tsunamis or blasting them with sound, lets actually get of our asses and stop global warming!

    Tf people?

  6. 4:13
    "15,000 people"
    The number on the video shows 50,000.

    WrOnG!!

  7. we should put a giant wall of sponge in every corner of the continents

  8. Why does he keep pronouncing the t is tsunami it’s pissing me off

  9. We could have a tsunami me I live in Oklahoma nowhere near a coast i ain’t worried at all

  10. Or else you can get rid of the ice by throwing a nuclear bomb

  11. Actually… the temperature you suggested would be needed to freeze the tsunami would not scare Sub-Zero off. Apparently, he can freeze his enemies at temperatures far below even absolute zero (6.5 million below that to be precise), so -148 wouldn't be a problem for him.

  12. Well, if there's one thing capable of stopping it, its a blackhole. Nothing escapes it, not even light!! And there was once a friend of mine, crazy, genius but also depressed was really into researching how to create a blackhole with enough energy matter here on earth.

  13. Can we create a bomb that can freeze people, I mean like solid ice?

  14. INSANE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.
    Maybe people should focus more on making the world a better place.Help the poor , stop wars.
    Stand up for what is right.Stop playing with your mobile phones and have more physical conversations with the souls sitting next to you.
    sigh ………………..

  15. I am sorry… you should NOT freeze a Giant Wave…. because Physics. All of that Energy has to go somewhere, as well as what would happen when all that water melts.

  16. What if we can build a acrylic dome over the Arctic’s and keep it frozen prevent it from melting and releasing water?

  17. We can freeze moving thing using lasers and inventing a specific laser will solve this problem

  18. tsunami: die humans!
    everyone else: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
    Me: *plays latest justin beiber song.* take that tsunami!

  19. Freezing is like making more land. It doesn’t change anything the water behind it flow over the ice anyway

  20. Why dont we just put a under ground wall that will come up to block the tsunami. Just by flipping a switch a wall comes up from the water and blocks 70% of straight impact and to add to that theory let's make the walls have a refrigerator to cool down the water. 🙂 probably best idea out there so far

  21. Why would the melting tsunami "complete the job"? It's not like it would all melt at once. Even if it did, it would just plop straight down, completely losing its momentum and with half of it going back out to sea.

  22. Such a cool idea! You mentioned it is impossible for the whole ocean to freeze, please do a video on what would happen if the ocean froze!!

  23. Talking about stopping tsunamis? I have an idea! We can just create a Vortex Barrier, can’t we?

  24. 11:32 here was i thinking it was called avalanche, was i wrong…

  25. sees Tsunami
    Others reaction: RUN THERE'S A TSUNAMI RUUUNNNNN
    My reaction: throws knife at tsunami
    Tsunami: oof

  26. I typed only after reading headline. Not possible to freeze it. Lol.

  27. We could alter the atmosphere in some way to stop global warming?

  28. what would happen if you dropped a nitrogen or dry ice bomb into a tsunami

  29. What would happen if all the volcanos on earth erupt at once

  30. We cannot do that because freezers take time to freeze ,so the Tsunami would knock it down quickly and still swallo the place..

  31. Make a video why people's for real not on camera because when my grandma's eyes did that when she gets mad

  32. Oh Snap! This guy is Canadian! What's up, Mr. Toronto! Muahahaha, how did I figure it out?! :O

  33. Some guy somewhere is plugging away his numbers and will be like: "Actually, according to your LOGIC, blah blah blah, you can't do that… like that, right there, like that.. dat dat, dat dat…" LMAO!!

  34. Nobody: …
    Kadri: Hey! I have an idea!
    Nobody: oh cool! What is it?
    Kadri: blah blah.
    Nobody: cool! How do we do it?!
    Kadri: idk…

    Nobody: -__-… Did you just pull a Kadri on me bro?

    Kadri himself: I just Kadri'd you bro?

  35. Why can't we just make giant fans to blow the wave into a different direction

  36. I just found this channel looking for interesting theories/stories. I honestly, love it!
    I would recommend this to all of my friends if I were you.
    Anyways, have a nice day!

  37. We can hit a powerful nuclear weapon somewhere in the planet to cool down our planet

  38. Once the tsunami is broken

    Skate 3:New map release in 2 weeks

  39. I would probably try to surf that bitch but I can’t even surf so I would probably fail and float away in the ocean

  40. Think about generating electricity from a tsunami rather than freezing it. That's a huge source of natural energy occuring at random times at random places.You can just tap into the source of the energy and save it for our energy needs instead of allowing it to enter our cities or using the electrical energy from our grid to freeze the huge energy source which is the tsunami itself. That's dumb like stopping sun from shinning on the solar panel itself only in this case we need a device or a combination of devices which absorbs this spring energy.

  41. i don't think you would need freezers. If we could develop something similar to Leonard Snart's cold gun, or dr. freeze's freeze gun, we could do it. we would need like 20 of them, i think, but it can be done. If you don't know who those people are, they are from the dc comics universe. The challenge would be finding a way to be able to blow air cold enough to freeze with the same power or more as the guns of those people. Or, chemists, could find a way to tamper with liquid nitrogen to make a substance strong enough.

  42. I was wondering if what would happen if we were in underground (please do a video about this topic.)

  43. What about freezing it with a liquid nitrogen cannon/rifle powered by a core running at -200 degress Fahrenheit

  44. As the great Patrick once said "What if we take the Tsunami and we push it somewhere else?"

  45. What if we dig 10 deep canals in every 500 meter from coast.
    means if every canal consume 10 meter of water then after crossing 10th canal what will be the height of that giant tsunami…???

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