What does tsunami literally mean in Japanese?

Tsunami means Harbor Wave in Japanese.

Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes and can cause major destruction to populated coastal areas.

Low lying coastal areas bear the most risk and damage when these huge waves hit.

One signal of a Tsunami is rapidly retreating water in the area. But by then it is usually too late to find refuge and safety in higher ground.

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