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What can I do to prepare myself in case a tsunami comes?

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In addition to tsunami alert messages issued by warning centres and national authorities, tsunamis may be accompanied by natural warning signs and recognizing any of these signs could save your life!


Big local earthquakes can cause tsunamis

FEEL the ground shaking severely or for a long time?


Tsunamis may be preceded by a rapid fall in sea level which exposes reefs, rocks, and fishes on the bottom of the sea as the ocean recedes

Tsunamis often come ashore as a wall of water, and quickly flood inland.

SEE an unusual disappearance of water, or an oncoming wall of water?

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Abnormal ocean activity, a wall of water, and approaching tsunami create a loud "roaring" sound similar to that of a train or jet aircraft

HEAR the roar?


Don’t wait for official evacuation orders as there may not be enough time

Immediately leave low-lying coastal areas

Move inland to higher ground

RUN if you see a tsunami coming!

  • Obey the instructions from local authorities.


 Source: CDEMA, 2010

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