Tsunami Awareness Month recognizes 50 years of warning progress

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    12 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    27 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    32 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - San Juan, PR Region, United States

    51 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    42 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Mandous

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northwestern, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 2 km NE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Argentina

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern Uruguay

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Portugal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brazil

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Blizzard - Arviat, Nunavut, Canada

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Dasht Kaur Basin, United Arab Emirates and Oman

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Limpopo Basin, Southern Africa and Eastern Africa

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 97 km NE of Cabatuan, Philippines

    19 hours ago WATCH

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

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - New Amsterdam, Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ca Mau, Cà Mau, Vietnam

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chamdo, Qinghai, Xizang and Yunnan, China

    6 hours ago WARNING

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

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alto Rio Sanguer, Chubut, Argentina

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, China, India and Myanmar

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Cauvery Basin, Sri Lanka

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - NE of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 151 km ENE of Georgetown, Saint Helena

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Landslides - Central Vietnam

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Tonga

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Fiji

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Africa

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Middle Africa and Eastern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Highwind - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Singapore

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - South Sandwich Islands region

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Southern Finland

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    22 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - E of Daan, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Nei Mongol, China

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yancheng, East China

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Viseu, Pará, Brazil

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    1 day ago WARNING

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

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of San Ramon de la Nueva Oran, Salta, Argentina

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Caucasus region, Russia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa and Northern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yenisey Basin, S of Selenga River, Russia and Mongolia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Senegal Basin, Western Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, SW of Magdalena River, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yaqui Basin, E of Yaqui River, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Karachi, Baluchistan and Sind, Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Limpopo Basin, NW of Limpopo River, Botswana and South Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Tucupita, Delta Amacuro, Venezuela

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Cuyuni Basin, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Guayaramerin, El Beni, Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Mabaruma, Barima-Waini, Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tarakan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orange Basin, E of Fish River, Botswana and South Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kapuas Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Pekanbaru, Jambi, Riau and Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yellow River Basin, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, Bangladesh and Myanmar

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Baoding, North China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yalu River Basin, China, South Korea and North Korea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, NE of Yangtze River, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chennai, Eastern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, N of Vam Co River, Cambodia and Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, India and Bangladesh

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, NE of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hingol Basin, NW of Hingol River, Iran and Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Lake Turkana Basin, Ethiopia and Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tamale, Northern, Ghana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Bolama, Bolama, Guinea-Bissau

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Tanzania

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Bandar Lampung, Lampung, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amur Basin, China, Russia and Mongolia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Zambezi Basin, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Vietnam

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Queensland, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Territory, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - San Miguel, El Salvador

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    2 days ago WARNING

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

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    5 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - South Korea

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Cholera - Haiti

    1 week ago WARNING

  • 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 2, 2015

The State of Hawaii annually recognizes April as Tsunami Awareness Month to honor the victims and survivors of the April 1, 1946, tsunami generated by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands. Throughout the month, knowledge-building events and activities will take place across the state in an effort to encourage local residents to become informed, stay vigilant, have a plan, and follow the instructions of officials during evacuation.

As part of the commemorative month, an international tsunami symposium themed “Making the Pacific Ready for the Tsunami Threat,” will be held at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island, Honolulu, on April 20-21. The symposium will also honor the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS), highlighting its achievements over the last 50 years and identifying the way forward to sustain and evolve the warning system for the future.

Devoting an entire month on tsunami awareness is appropriate for the Hawaiian island chain as its location in the middle of the Pacific, and at the center of the Ring of Fire, is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. As a result, at any time, in any season, the state is susceptible to a locally generated, fast-arriving tsunami from an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption; or a distant-source tsunami, generated by an earthquake in Chile, Alaska, Japan, or the South Pacific, for example.  With many of Hawaii’s residents (and visitors) living, working, and playing in coastal areas, the collaborative effort involving state, county, and local agencies—and including the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), and the media—is invaluable for meeting the requirements of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Residents of Hawaii are encouraged to learn tsunami-warning signs and take immediate action if they suspect a tsunami is approaching, to learn evacuation strategies, and to consider community approaches to resilience. There are a number of resources that have been developed for tsunami education and readiness.

To learn more about tsunamis for the safety of your family, start with these resources:
• Find more information on Tsunami Awareness Month events,
• 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 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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