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English citations of tsunami

Noun: a very large and destructive wave

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  • 1991 — He is skimming the Journal of Biological Chemistry back to the early 1950s when he is suddenly frozen by a muted roar - a tsunami coming from some distance. — Richard Powers, Gold Bug Variations
  • 1999 — In the long run, it may, or may not, be a good idea for the Sultanate of Kinakuta to have a gigantic earthquake-, volcano-, tsunami-, and thermonuclear-weapon-proof Ministry of Information with a cavernous sub-sub-basement crammed with high-powered computers and data switches. — Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
  • 1999 — Because of the way she is pitched, this soup quickly gets deeper as you go forward, but it rolls aft in a drenching tsunami every time her midsection slams down on the rocks. — Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
  • 1999 — Then Lake Yamamoto rushes forth from that hole like a tsunami. — Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
  • 2001 — Erragon or Idarolan would be here soon enough to explain how bad this tsunami-tidal wave-wall of water phenomenon might be. — Anne McCaffrey, The Skies of Pern
  • 2001 — Not only had this tsunami of people brought agriculture to Europe, it was also responsible, according to the distinguished Cambridge archaeologist Colin Renfrew, for the introduction and dissemination of the language family to which most European languages belong. — Bryan Sykes, The Seven Daughters of Eve
  • 2002 — Fatness ripples through the entire economy in a tsunami of prosperity. — Douglas Coupland, All Families are Psychotic
  • 2003 — Tsunamis would rise up and head devastatingly for distant shores. — Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • 2003 — The 1960 quake not only caused widespread damage across coastal South America, but also set off a giant tsunami that rolled six thousand miles across the Pacific and slapped away much of downtown Hilo, Hawaii, destroying five hundred buildings and killing sixty people. — Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • 2003 — In 1815 on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia, a handsome and longquiescent mountain named Tambora exploded spectacularly, killing a hundred thousand people with its blast and associated tsunamis. — Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • 2004 — We've been worried about this tsunami wave heading toward the California coast. But a landslide would suck water downward, right? — Michael Crichton, State of Fear
  • 2004 — Six hours later, mid-ocean buoys detected a nine-inch rise in the ocean level consistent with a tsunami wave train. — Michael Crichton, State of Fear
  • 2004 — I roundybouted the narrow roads, but nearer'n'nearer Kona roars an' horses an' bullwhips came, fillin' them misty'n'burnin' alleys like a tsunami an' I din't know what way I'd come nor was goin' an' ker-bam! — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  • 2004 — In comparison to Europe, the Wave of Advance in east Asia appears to have been more of a tsunami. — Spencer Wells, The Journey of Man : A Genetic Odyssey