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Tsunami in a Bottle

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This activity is one of several in a basic curriculum designed to increase student knowledge about earthquake science and preparedness. The activities can be done at any time in the weeks leading up to the ShakeOut drill. Each activity can be used in classrooms, museums, and other educational settings. They are not sequence-bound, but when used together they provide an overview of earthquake information for children and students of various ages. All activities can be found at Please review the content background (page 3) to gain a full understanding of the material conducted in this activity.

Learning Objectives and Standards

For students to learn that tsunamis can be caused by earthquakes and to understand the effects of tsunamis on the shoreline.

Material List

2-liter plastice soda bottles Small gravel (fish tank gravel) Water source Empty water bottle ( 16 oz) Overhead projector Transparency of Tsunami Facts


See attached documents for Procedures

Links and Resources

Information retrieved from: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Tsunami story Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2009). What to do before and during a tsunami. Developed for the ShakeOut by the Southern California Earthquake Center (


see attached documents for reflection worksheet.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • NEES EOT (2012), "Tsunami in a Bottle,"

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