Why was the Chilean Tsunami so Small?

For the people of the Juan Fernandez Islands and the coastal town of Talcahuano in Chile, Saturday morning's tsunami certainly didn't feel small. On the heels of a titanic magnitude 8.8 earthquake, surges of ocean water over 7 feet high crashed ashore, flinging large boats and shipping containers inland and leaving piles of wreckage along [...]

March 1, 2010
3:24 PM EST