TSUNAMI

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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.

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