Resulting from an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption, tsunamis usually are not associated with fun and games, with their potential to devastate coastal areas and their inhabitants. However, not understanding the ramifications, kids may think the huge ocean/sea waves look cool and want to learn more about tsunamis. Kids can learn key tsunami information and safety techniques by playing computer games focusing on the destructive force.
In anticipation of a tsunami, players attempt to plan and build a safer environment for an Asian village's population in the International Strategy For Disaster Reduction's "Stop Disasters" simulation game. Players examine and evaluate the disaster risk and implement methods to prevent as much financial, human and physical damage as possible. After selecting the "Tsunami" scenario and choosing a level of difficulty, players learn their mission details and click tiles to learn information about parts of the village and take defensive action. Defenses include placing breakwater and seismic sensors in the ocean, building sand dunes and planting trees. Players also may provide upgrades to houses and other buildings.
Before the tsunami strikes, players try to build the required number of hotels, hospitals and schools and house the required number of people. After the tsunami hits, players learn the number of casualties and damage costs, and click "View report" to find out whether they passed or failed their mission. As an alternative, players may plan for "Earthquake," "Flood," "Hurricane" or "Wild Fire" scenarios.
Strong waves have transplanted items from their initial locations in "Tsunami," a simulation game accessible at the Civil Protection For Youth website. In the wake of a tsunami hitting a beach area, players look for objects that do not belong in the spot in which they appear. Players click and drag items to their proper place; for instance, players click a car and drag it to the road. The game ends when players have returned all objects to their proper locations.
To save their homes from an impending tsunami, players make obstacles to keep the water at bay in "Tsunami Wall," available at sites like Flonga.com. Players click and stack materials from the queue in a manner that will protect their living space. If the water knocks down the home, the player has another chance to make a successful obstacle. If the tsunami does not affect the home, the player advances to the next level.
Tsunami Wordsearch Game
Players look for words hidden horizontally, vertically and diagonally in the tsunami wordsearch game accessible at the Association of Bay Area Governments site. To jumble letters appearing in the search puzzle, players click "Restart." Upon locating a word, the players clicks and drags the pointer to select each letter in the word. After a players find a word, it disappears from the screen. The game ends when the player finds all 12 words.
Water, Wind And Earth
Tsunamis prove no match for Earth in "Water, Wind and Earth," accessible at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website. Playing against the computer, the player clicks one of three icons, each representing the following: a flood and a tsunami ("Water"); a hurricane and a tornado ("Wind"); or an earthquake and a volcano ("Earth"). Players win under the following scenarios: choosing "Water" when the computer chooses "Wind"; choosing "Wind" when the computer chooses "Earth"; or choosing "Earth" when the computer chooses "Water."