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Tsunami Ladies
Resilience can be created anywhere - even at the kitchen table. For six women from Chile and Japan who survived the massive tsunamis that devastated their villages, food played a vital role in helping their communities rebuild and recover. In the
Warning sign reading "Tsunami hazard zone"
From blowing conch shells to ringing church bells and sending mobile phone alerts, Caribbean countries are looking at high and low-tech ways to alert citizens to run for safety in the face of tsunamis which could wreak havoc on unprepared communities.
Ms. Jenny Sturrock, Duty Incident Manager at the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (left), monitors the clock as Mr. Lourenço Xavier, Head of the Emergency Operations Centre at the National Disaster Management Directorate of Timor-Leste (centre) and Mr. Samwel Mbuya, Manager of Forecasting Services at the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (right) assess the next steps to take (Photo: UNISDR)
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.