Tsunami Safety Tips: Before, During & After

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In this article, we will discuss tsunami safety tips.

A tsunami may be defined as a series of huge waves occurred by the displacement of a large volume of water because of the earthquake in an ocean or lake, a volcanic eruption in the sea or ocean, and many more reasons.

About 80% of tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean.

Major countries like Japan, the USA, Hawaii, etc are very prone to the risk of tsunamis. Landlocked countries are safe from tsunamis.

An earthquake of 7.5 magnitudes or more can help a tsunami to occur.



  1. Tsunami Safety Tips  

Here are the tsunami safety tips that you need to follow:

a. If there is an earthquake and you are in a tsunami region, make yourself safe from the earthquake. To become safe from earthquakes read this article.

b. When the earthquake ends, if there is an official notice of a chance of tsunami, move quickly to a safe location as high and as far inland as fast as possible. Listen to the higher authorities, but do not hold for tsunami warnings and evacuation notices.

c. If you are out of the tsunami hazard region and receive a notice, wait where you are unless governing bodies tell you otherwise.

d.Leave quickly if you are told to do so. The evacuation path usually is denoted by a wave with an arrow in the direction of higher ground.

e. If you are in the water, then catch onto something that floats, such as a raft or tree trunk.

f. If you are staying on a boat, face the direction of the waves and head out to sea. If you are in a dock, move on non-coastal.


These were the tsunami safety tips that can save your life.


Tsunami Safety Tips



  2. Safety tips After Tsunami  

These tsunami safety tips should be followed after the disaster:

a. You should carry on with utilizing a weather radio or remaining tuned to a coast guard emergency frequency station or a local radio or television station for new emergency details.

b. The Tsunami may have damaged roads, bridges, or other places that may be unsafe.

c. See yourself for wounds and get first aid if needed before supporting other wounded or trapped people.

d. If anyone requires to be helped, call an expert with the proper equipment to help.

e. Support people who need special aid Infants, elderly people, those without transportation, big families who may require extra support in an emergency situation, people with disorders, and the people who care for them.

f. Neglect the disaster regions.

g. Your existence can affect rescue and other emergency works and keep you at more risk from the residual effects of floods, for example, contaminated water, crumbled roads, landslides, mudflows, and other risks.

h. Utilize mobile phones for emergency calls only. Telephone lines are regularly submerged in disaster periods. They needed to be solved for emergency calls to get through.

i. When coming back to buildings or homes, utilize high care. Tsunami-guided floodwater may have damaged the buildings where you least hope it. Carefully see every step you move.

j. Utilize long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes to have more safety. The major accident occurs due to cutting feet during the time of disaster.

k. Utilize battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when checking buildings. Battery-powered lighting is the best, safest and easiest to utilize, and it does not have a risk of fire hazards in the building.

l. Remain outside of a building if the water stays around it. Tsunami water, like floodwater, can erode foundations, making buildings sink, floors crack, or walls collapse.

m. Check the walls, floors, doors, staircases, and windows to ensure that the building is not at risk of failing. Examine foundations for cracks or other damage. Cracks and damage to a foundation can provide a building unusable.

n. Check for gas leaks. If you feel gas or hear a blowing or hissing sound, open a window, and doors and take everyone outside quickly. Close the gas utilizing the outside main valve if possible, and ask help from the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you close the gas for any reason, it must be opened by an expert.

o. Look for electrical system damage.

p. Take a look for wild animals, mainly poisonous snakes that may have gone inside into buildings with the water. Utilize a stick to punch through debris. Tsunami floodwater drives snakes and animals out of their homes.

r. Watch for loose plaster, drywall, and ceilings that could fall.

s. Any things or food that has come in touch with floodwater that may be contaminated and shouldn’t be consumed, throw them out.

t. Capture pictures of the damage, both of the building and its parts, for insurance argument. Open the windows and doors to dry the building quickly.

u. Shovel mud before it solidifies.

v. Check food supplies


Tsunami Safety Tips



  3. Causes of Tsunami  

The 5 causes of the tsunami are as follows: 

✔ Earthquakes

✔  landslides

✔  Lava entering the sea

✔  Seamount collapse

✔  Meteorite impact.



  4. Effects of Tsunami  

The effects of the Tsunami are as follows: 

✔ Flooding

✔ Wave impacts

✔ Erosion

✔ Strong currents

✔ Floating debris

✔ Destruction of buildings, and cities.

✔ Death of people


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