Tsunamis, hurricanes hit 'Second Life'

NOAA demonstrates weather phenomena on the virtual world 'Second Life.'

Virtual tidal wave
Tsunami in 'Second Life.' Click on the image above to see more Daniel Terdiman/CNET News.com

This just in from CNET News.com's intrepid Second Life correspondent Daniel Terdiman: Village repeatedly destroyed by tidal wave! Actually, it's the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s virtual demonstration of global weather phenomena. You can watch a village get devastated by a tsunami, fly into the eye of a hurricane and get submerged by a melting glacier--all without getting your shoes wet.

For more images from NOAA's instructive tour of natural disasters, click on the image at left.

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