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Tsunamis? On the Great Lakes? Ever seen one?

"Frankenstorm" Generates Large Waves On Lake Michigan
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Unfortunately, in the past 15 years, the world has seen two of the deadliest tsunamis in history in Indonesia and Japan. Those tsunamis were both spawned by massive earthquakes which created giant waves moving hundreds of miles per hour.

But, you might be surprised to find out that the Great Lakes have their own “version” of tsunamis – not caused by earthquakes, but by weather that can move an immense amount of water that impacts their shores. In fact, according to, even though these meteo-tsunamis are a fraction of the wave height and volume, they have been known to cause damage to property and cause fatalities. And they occur more than 100 times a year. That’s why experts are gathered at the University of Michigan this week to come up with an early warning system.

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