Early Warning

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Regional cooperation is rising, systemic governance is center stage and businesses are taking an important role in disaster risk reduction — vital steps towards the ultimate goal of saving lives and livelihoods.
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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.
World Tsunami Awareness Day
The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction's message on World Tsunami Awareness Day
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.
Instituto Español para la Reducción de los Desastres (IERD)
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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Office - Jakarta
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Development Programme - Asia-Pacific Regional Centre
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.
Aerial view of Kaikoura township
A survey conducted on the North Island's east coast in 2015 found that despite a high level of public awareness of tsunami hazard, there was still plenty of room for improvement in public evacuation intention.