How to Protect Yourself From a Tsunami
1. Whether the shaking is severe or mild, if it continues for a long time immediately move away from the shore. Evacuate to high ground for safety.
2. Do not wait for information to decide whether to evacuate. Get yourself to safety first and then wait for information to follow.
3. Depending on the topography and geographical features of the shoreline a small wave can turn suddenly into a large tsunami. Definitely get to higher ground if there is a tsunami warning, but even an advisory is cause for concern. Remain alert if you near the shore. (Review the evacuation requirements for an advisory and types of warnings.)
4. A tsunami will come in multiple waves.
5. A tsunami can come even if there is no shaking, and even if there is no receding wave to warn in advance.
6. A river is a natural tsunami funnel. Do not evacuate to the river bank for safety.
7. Listen to the radio, television, and/or the public emergency alert announcements for the most accurate, up-to-date information.
What to do during a tsunami advisory/warnings
A TSUNAMI ADVISORY means a 20cm to 1 meter tsunami is expected. IF YOU ARE IN A LOW-LYING AREA EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. Do not enter low-lying areas until the advisory is lifted.
A TSUNAMI WARNING means a 1 meter to 3 meter tsunami is expected. DO NOT ASSUME THE HEIGHT OF THE LOCATION YOU EVACUATED TO IS ENOUGH. GO HIGHER.
A GIANT TSUNAMI WARNING means a tsunami over three meter is expected. IF YOU ARE IN A LOW-LYING AREA EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU ARE NEAR A LOW-LYING AREA GET TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. A tsunami will come in multiple waves. Do not return to low-lying areas until the warning has been lifted.
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