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Over 500 people joined an online high-level event to mark the 6th World Tsunami Awareness Day today. The accent was very much on science and youth, and the inclusion of tsunami risk in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to disaster risk reduction, disaster response and planning for safe evacuation from disaster events - including tsunamis. World Tsunami Day promotes a global culture for tsunami preparedness and response.
Tsunami early warning system in the sea
The best emergency plans need to be comprehensive yet simple. Including early warnings, safe areas, and escapes routes in your tsunami escape plan is essential.
Tsunami detection buoy floats in the Andaman sea, India (2018)
Five countries pave the way for progress in the implementation of effective tsunami early warning systems, which are challenging due to multi-faceted complexity.
Aerial view of Vancouver Island, Canada
An oral history of tsunamis from the First Nations complements computer modelling for tsunami risk in Vancouver Island.
Tsunami warning sign on a beach
Due to the rapid progress and great danger of tsunami disasters, many countries have introduced tsunami warning systems. Their role is to provide as accurate and timely information as possible about the threat.
People standing in line following the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia.
On December 26 2004, waves triggered by a massive earthquake slammed into the coastlines of countries ringing the Indian Ocean. The death toll was enormous.
Waves crash on the rocky coast of Lake Superior at Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in autumn (USA)
The first extensively documented air pressure–driven meteotsunami on one of the Great Lakes presents an opportunity to use existing weather models to predict them.
Impact of the Japan tsunami in 2011
Ian McKinley, Shinichi Nakayama and Susie Hardie consider how recovery has progressed at Fukushima Daiichi and what lessons can be learned for the future
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