posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 11:19 AM
Only certain type of earthquakes generate Tsunamis....
Tsunamis can be generated when the sea floor abruptly deforms and vertically displaces the overlying water. Tectonic earthquakes are a particular kind
of earthquake that are associated with the earth's crustal deformation; when these earthquakes occur beneath the sea, the water above the deformed
area is displaced from its equilibrium position. Waves are formed as the displaced water mass, which acts under the influence of gravity, attempts to
regain its equilibrium. When large areas of the sea floor elevate or subside, a tsunami can be created.
Large vertical movements of the earth's crust can occur at plate boundaries. Plates interact along these boundaries called faults. Around the margins
of the Pacific Ocean, for example, denser oceanic plates slip under continental plates in a process known as subduction. Subduction earthquakes are
particularly effective in generating tsunamis.
...and I believe the one your reffering to happened on land
edit on 21-4-2011 by mileslong54 because: (no reason given)