Just How Big Can a Tsunami Get?

Tsunamis are very probably the scariest natural disaster out there because they ravage everything in their path. But learning about how big they can get makes tsunamis even scarier. It’s just ridiculous. It’s like skyscraper big, man.


You see, the tsunami disasters we know like the 2011 Japan tsunami are classified as just “regular” tsunamis. There’s a whole other category of mega tsunamis that dwarf regular tsunamis in height. Not kidding, back in 1958, a tsunami in Alaska had waves as tall as 1,722 feet pummeling them. For reference, the new One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall, and it’s the tallest building in New York City. So imagine that.

Mega tsunamis are created when large materials (a side of a mountain, giant space rocks, etc.) are suddenly dumped into a body of water. This causes ginormous waves to build up at a much larger scale than the waves of regular tsunamis, which occur from earthquakes.

Real Life Lore digs deeper into the scary size of tsunamis in the video below:



The 1000+ ft tall wall of water in Alaska was because a mountain fell into the mouth of an inlet, which then focused the wave as it narrowed. And even then, it wasn’t 1000ft high. The water sloshed up the side of the mountains to that height.

If you get your bathtub sloshing and the wave ends up shooting halfway up the wall, it wasn’t a 4 foot wave.

Do you even look at your phone whilst texting in these stories??