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Natural disaster is one of the most devastating thing that could happen as millions lives were taken because of it.
The origins of each natural disasters are something that not only revealing the birth of the words, but also the painful story behind each and every one of them.

Date and Place of Word's Origin

Date: 20th century (became widely used in March 11 2011)

Place: Japan

Word Borrowing

Was borrowed from Japanese Language The word literally mean "harbor" (tsu, ) and "wave(s)" (nami, ) Originated from the Fishermen when, upon returning to port, found the area surrounding the harbour ruined, even though they had not been aware of anything out of the ordinary while fishing in the open ocean. The Japanese term has been adopted because, there are very few other languages that have native expressions for the phenomenon and majority of tsunamis occur within the Pacific Ocean and vicinity of Japan.


In Russian, it is but is also pronounced much like "tsunami" or soo-nahmee or tsoo-nah-mee. The French word for tsunami is raz-de-mare which, when translated, means a "violent rising of the tide". The German and Swedish terms for the phenomenon are a translation of "flood-wave", Flutvelle in German and flodvag in Swedish.

In Tamil the occurrence is referred to as aazhi peralai, aazhi meaning destruction and peralai meaning big wave(s)

When It Came To Be Used In English

The term became popular in English after March 11 2011 (Tsunami Strikes Japan)
The tragedy was really severe that the word tsunami was used to capture the the scope of devastation.

The usage in Old and Middle English

Although the cause of Tsunami had been discussed as early as 426 BC by the Greek Historian, this word was newly created, thus there was no trace of its usage in Old or Middle English.

Words Derived from Tsunami

Megatsunami ( A very large tsunami. Informal, often used by journalists

Etymology (Mega + Tsunami)

Teletsunami (A tsunami that travels more than 1000 kilometres from its origin before reaching land) Etymology (Tele + Tsunami)