The Orphan Tsunami

Miho Bay in Suruga by Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) Colour woodcut. Print shows groves of trees along the coast and the sails of ships on Miho or Suruga Bay, Japan. Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

In January of 1700, a tsunami struck the coast of Japan. While the connection between earthquakes and tsunamis was known, it actually took a very long time to figure out where the catalyzing earthquake had taken place.