Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Forecasting Tsunami Threats Through Layers of Sand and Time
Azhii peralai: from the deep … large waves.

This is the expression for ‘tsunami’ in Tamil, the oldest language in southern India.

For an ancient dialect to have its own phrase for destructive waves triggered by earthquakes, the people of Tamil Nadu likely experienced tsunamis periodically through the centuries, says Halifax scientist Alan Ruffman.