Conversation Questions



  • What language is this word?
  • Why is this word used internationally?
  • What is the difference between a “tsunami” and a “tidal wave”?
  • What is another word for tsunami?
  • What is the origin of the word tsunami?
  • What does it mean?


  • What could your class do to help victims of a tsunami?
  • How can people help victims of a tsunami?
  • Have you ever volunteered for a group that helps victims of a natural disasters?
  • What are some groups or organizations that help the victims of natural disasters?
  • What outside aid might come in cases of a tsunami emergency?
  • How might people be educated to understand the dangers of a tsunami?
  • What methods might be used to help family get back together after a tsunami? To identify corpses?
  • How might a family prepare for a tsunami emergency?
  • Should assistance in preparing for disasters such as typhoons have priority over an early warning system for tsunami?


  • Why is a tsunami an emergency?
  • Why is a tsunami so dangerous?
  • How should countries respond to natural disasters?
  • What are some essential things that are needed after a natural disaster?
  • Is the newspaper or television always correct?
  • Why is it so hard to get accurate information after a tsunami?


  • Have you ever experienced a tsunami?
  • Do you know anyone who has experienced the tsunami disaster?
  • Do you know someone who has been affected by a tsunami?
  • Has a tsunami ever hit the area where you live?


  • What causes a tsunami?
  • Is there an early warning system for tsunamis in the area you live?
  • What are some areas of the world that have many tsunamis?
  • How do you know that a tsunami is going to hit soon?
  • How fast do tsunamis travel?
  • Can you surf on a tsunami?
  • What are you suppose to do when you know a tsunami is coming?
  • Why does the sea water level go down very low right before a tsunami hits?
  • What are the immediate health effects of tsunami?
  • What are the secondary (short term) health effects of tsunami?
  • What are the long term health effects of tsunami?
  • When do you know it is safe to return to your home?
  • What kind of ecological damage do tsunamis cause?
  • How fast do tsunamis travel in the ocean?
  • Why do people continue to live in tsunami areas?