According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), tsunamis are not common; but when they do happen, they can cause major damage. Tsunamis can happen in any ocean at any time. Unlike hurricanes and tornadoes, which can be predicted with some accuracy, tsunamis are unpredictable. With that said, there are things you can do to protect yourself.
Understand the warnings: Tsunami warnings are color coded green, yellow, orange and red and are used around the world. Learn these codes!
• Green—no threat
• Yellow—a tsunami is possible, so be prepared to act.
• Orange—there is a real tsunami threat. There are strong currents and waves. Stay out of the water and away from beaches.
• Red—a tsunami is likely to happen. Move to higher ground immediately.
In areas where tsunamis occur, warnings are broadcast through local radio and television, marine radio and on the NOAA website. There are also outdoor sirens, as well as text and telephone notifications. In some cases, there is not enough time for official warnings. You need to be aware of your surroundings.
If you are near the coast and feel an earthquake, see a sudden rise or fall of the ocean or hear a loud roar from the ocean, those are definitive indications of a tsunami. Don’t wait around to see or get official warnings. Head for higher ground immediately.
KNOWING WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND YOU GOES A LONG WAY TO REDUCING RISK.