Tsunami awareness month resources valuable to all coastal communities

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    23 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    28 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Highwind - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    28 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    34 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    53 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Creston, British Columbia, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Mandous

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 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

    6 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

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Taiwan

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Rainfall - S of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

    4 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

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Africa

    8 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

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ca Mau, Cà Mau, Vietnam

    10 hours ago WARNING

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

    10 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

    14 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

  • Extreme Cold - Thompson, Manitoba, Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Portugal

    16 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

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Brazil

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Central Vietnam

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Dolores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - New Amsterdam, Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana

    17 hours ago WARNING

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

    17 hours ago WARNING

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

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, China, India and Nepal

    17 hours ago WARNING

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

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Yogyakarta, Bantul Regency, Indonesia

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

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

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Jinzhou, Liaoning, China

    17 hours ago WARNING

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

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Sumbawanga, Rukwa, Tanzania

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    17 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

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Luzon, Philippines

    22 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

March 31, 2014

April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii, but as the impact of natural hazards becomes more frequent and more powerful, it is important that families and individuals around the world take steps to increase their overall awareness and preparedness. 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. However, what matters – what saves lives – is not what is on any website, it is personally taking action. As an example, you might want to conduct an annual disaster-response meeting or even an exercise with your household (or your office). Being as prepared as you can, for any disaster at any time, is the only reasonable plan.

In Hawaii, there is a public service advertising campaign for which the script begins, “Did you know there is no season for tsunamis?” Wherever you share our island home or live near a different sea, you need to be aware of the fact that a tsunami can strike in any month and at any time of any day or night. If you are planning a seaside vacation, you need to know about tsunami risks and keeping yourself and your loved ones safe, just as the local residents do.

On April 1, 1946, a large undersea earthquake near the Aleutian Islands generated a tsunami that traveled nearly 3,000 miles across the Pacific to become Hawaii’s most deadly natural disaster ever. Since then, international and national organizations, such as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (ATWC), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), and others have made tremendous advances in tsunami detection, monitoring, and warning. At the same time, organizations, such as the Pacific Disaster Center have contributed to tsunami safety by developing and enhancing preparedness methods, and by employing the latest information and communication technologies for transforming warning data and speeding it to those who need it. The collaborative work of local, national, regional, and global organizations is helping to reduce tsunami disaster risks.

Like many areas along coasts in the U.S. and abroad, the state of Hawaii conducts annual, statewide tsunami-response exercises to ensure that all civil defense, military and first responder units, as well as Pacific Disaster Center and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, are ready to react as needed. However, the safety of your family still depends on what you and your family members know and what you do when threatened by a tsunami, as well as how you prepare for that eventuality.

The links below can help you gather information about tsunamis and other hazards. When you have become familiar with these resources, please, make time to share what you learn with your family. There are tsunami evacuation maps in phone books distributed in the islands (and perhaps in your local phone book elsewhere, too, or on your local government website). These evacuation-zone maps for Hawaii are included in PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas, too. This Atlas link will open a view of the Oahu coastline near Diamond Head with the tsunami evacuation zones and emergency-services layers visible.  And during an actual tsunami watch or warning, tsunami travel time (TTT) maps are included in this web-based GIS resource, as well.

Remember, at 11:45 a.m. on the first business day of each month, tsunami-alert sirens in Hawaii are tested. If you live elsewhere, you should familiarize yourself with warning sirens in your community—know what they sound like and when they are sounded for testing purposes. If the alerting sirens sound at another time, immediately turn to your emergency preparedness information source – radio, TV, or a Tsunami Warning Center online – and be prepared to activate your family’s emergency-action plan.

To learn more about tsunamis for the safety of your family, start with these resources:
• Learn about PDC’s Tsunami Awareness Program (TAP) to enhance community resilience,
• Read about the launch of the TAP Kit,
• Find useful TAP instructional materials and resources here,
• 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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