Local communities walk their tsunami evacuation route in the in the Quatre-Sœurs area in Mauritius
Early warning systems alert communities that a tsunami is on its way – but the public needs to be prepared to act and reduce the risk. A new UNDRR initiative inspires tsunami preparedness.
It’s 6:00 am one September day when a powerful undersea earthquake rocks the Makran Trench along the coast of Pakistan and Iran. Minutes later, the tsunami warning centres in India and Indonesia issue simultaneous alerts, followed rapidly by their counterpart in Australia, and authorities across the Indian Ocean swing into action. It's all a test, and a critical component of the region's disaster preparedness.