Developing tsunami awareness and reducing disaster risk

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    10 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    50 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    55 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Highwind - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    55 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Creston, British Columbia, Canada

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Mandous

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 14 km NW of Ciranjang-hilir, Indonesia

    12 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 9 km E of Tsurib, Russia

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 140 km NE of Hihifo, Tonga

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Attawapiskat, Ontario, Canada

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of State of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Jilkminggan, Northern Territory, Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Rainfall - Sept-Iles, Québec, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Taiwan

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Rainfall - S of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 174 km W of Abepura, Indonesia

    8 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - S of Diapaga, Tapoa, Burkina Faso

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ouadda, Haute, Kotto, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Ndele, Bamingui, Bangoran, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Ndele, Bamingui-Bangoran, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Zemio, Haut-Mbomou, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Zemio, Haut-Mbomou, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Africa

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Singapore

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Risaralda Department, Colombia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Parana Basin, Paraguay and Cuiaba Rivers, Brazil and Bolivia

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ca Mau, Cà Mau, Vietnam

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Rosario, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, Argentina

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

    12 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Bermejo, Tarija, Bolivia

    12 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Fog - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Mount Surprise, Queensland, Australia

    15 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Southern Portugal

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Peru

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - San Miguel, El Salvador

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 178 km SE of Gizo, Solomon Islands

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Brazil

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Central Vietnam

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Dolores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - New Amsterdam, Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Nueve de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Telangana, India

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, China, India and Nepal

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Salween Basin, S of Salween River, China, India and Myanmar

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Yogyakarta, Bantul Regency, Indonesia

    18 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - N of Baoshan, Qinghai, Xizang and Yunnan, China

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Jinzhou, Liaoning, China

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran and Iraq

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Sumbawanga, Rukwa, Tanzania

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drinking Water - SE of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - N of Obo, Haut, Mbomou, Central African Republic

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Ndele, Bamingui, Bangoran, Central African Republic

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Aweil, North Bahr-al-Ghazal, South Sudan

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Aweil, North Bahr-al-Ghazal, South Sudan

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Aweil, North Bahr-al-Ghazal, South Sudan

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Birao, Vakaga, Central African Republic

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Ishikawa, Japan

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Luzon, Philippines

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Heat - Uruguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - North Island, New Zealand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Southern Finland

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Volga Basin, Russia and Kazakhstan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Daan, Jilin, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pallasovka, Volgograd, Russia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huai He Basin, N of Huai He River, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - La Paz, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Viseu, Pará, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Baoding, Hebei, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yancheng, East China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Mid-Indian Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    4 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Territory, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Vietnam

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - South Korea

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Queensland, Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Italy

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - South Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Cholera - Haiti

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Floods - Johannesburg City, South Africa

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

April 1, 2016

Given the devastating impacts that can occur from natural hazards, it is critical that families and individuals around the world take steps to reduce their risk with regard to disaster impacts. What matters most—what can truly save lives—is personally taking action. While April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii, being as prepared as you can, for any disaster at any time, is the most reasonable plan across Hawaii and around the world.

While the collaborative work of local, national, regional, and global organizations is helping to reduce the risks associated with tsunami and other disasters, the safety of your family still depends on what you and your family members know and what you do when a threatening event occurs, as well as how you prepare for the possibility.

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) offers various resources that can help with developing a family disaster plan or preparing a disaster supply kit. Along with taking those fundamental steps, PDC’s website offers resources that can provide guidance for teaching children about natural hazards.

This month, everyone (even if you only visit the seaside for a brief vacation) is encouraged to learn tsunami-warning signs and take immediate action if they suspect a tsunami is approaching, to learn evacuation strategies, and to consider overall community approaches to resilience.

To learn more about tsunamis for the safety of your family, start with these resources:

  • Learn about the Tsunami Awareness Program (TAP), or
  • Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP) to enhance community resilience,
  • View Tsunami Information on the PDC website,
  • Access both the static and interactive maps of Hawaii tsunami evacuation zones,
  • Read information about the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004,
  • Refer to the International Tsunami Information Center’s 2013 Tsunami Glossary,
  • Look at a 7-point list of Tsunami Preparedness steps,
  • Read about how parents can help kids learn about disaster preparedness, and
  • View a National Geographic video of the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami in Japan.

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