A large and destructive wave created by an earthquake is an example of a tsunami.
Origin of tsunami
- Japanese tsu harbor nami wave (so called because tsunamis generally pass unnoticed on the open sea, causing a slight swell, but rise to cause damage in the shallow waters of harbors)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Japanese æ´¥æ³¢ / æ´¥æµª (ã¤ãªã¿ (tsunami, “seismic sea wave", literally “harbour wave")).