Antedating of "Tsunami"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 28 20:44:02 UTC 2010

Checking the newspaper accounts, the first telegraphic reports indicated
a tidal wave, but subsequent articles did not use that term, choosing
instead "earthquake wave", "volcanic wave" or just "Great Wave". A part
of the problem is that the strength of marine earthquakes was, in part,
measured on the "tidal scale".


On 2/28/2010 3:18 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> ... I am also surprised there is nothing earlier, in connection with
> Krakatoa (under any spelling) but I am still investigating this
> possibility.
> ...

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