Portugal's new Tsunami Early Warning Centre

Back in 1755, Portugal was affected by a huge tsunami that killed more than 70 000 people and destroyed Lisbon. Today, Portugal has a national tsunami early warning system that will alert millions of people at risk if a tsunami was going to happen.

Israel is getting ready against tsunamis

Although tsunamis are rare events in Israel, the country conducts tsunami drills every year to prepare its populations to evacuate on time to safe areas in case a tsunami hits.

Earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, September 2018

On 28 September 2018, an earthquake and tsunami hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia killing more than 2000 people. Indonesia is well prepared to face tsunamis, but the 2018 event highlighted the importance of bridging the “last mile” in early warning systems.

New Zealand is tsunami ready

New Zealand has joined the Tsunami-ready community thank to its science community which has risen awareness on tsunami risk.

The Philippines are tsunami ready

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) is a world leader in building community preparedness for tsunamis. PHILVOCS uses a mix of science-based information and community engagement approaches to ensure that coastal communities right across the country are Tsunami Ready.


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Despite progress in policy measures, early warning and risk information initiatives in Indonesia, the 2018 tsunami of Palu and Donggala showed that significant challenges remain. The study was commissioned by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction highlights children as among the most vulnerable groups who must be empowered to get ready for natural hazards and play a vital role in preventing and reducing risk.

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