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05 Jan 2005

Tsunamis
Is South Africa at risk of being hit by tsunamis like the ones recently experienced in southeast Asia?
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01 Jan 0001


No, it’s most unlikely that South Africa will be hit by a tsunami, as our coast is protected by a wide continental shelf that weakens deep oceanic waves. Madagascar also forms a barrier that helps protect the east coast. Besides this, tsunamis are usually caused by earthquakes of the ocean floor, and it isn't predicted that there'll be major earthquake activity in areas nearer to our coastline.
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