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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Tsunami (Overview)

Tsunamis are a natural disaster consisting of giant waves that result from earthquakes. These waves can cause damage and injury due to direct impact, flooding, and stagnant pools of water.


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What do I do during a tsunami watch?

NOAA Weather Radio: Use a NOAA Weather Radio or tune to a Coast Guard emergency frequency station or a local radio or television station for updated emergency information. Locate household members and review evacuation plans. Be ready to move quickly if a tsunami warning is issued. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
2 doctors shared insights

Tsunami (Overview)

Tsunamis are a natural disaster consisting of giant waves that result from earthquakes. These waves can cause damage and injury due to direct impact, flooding, and stagnant pools of water.


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What are the warning signs of a tsunami?

Water level changes: There are two things to watch for: a strong earthquake lasting 20 seconds or more near the coast; a noticeable rapid rise or fall in coastal waters. ...Read more

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Coping with Floods and Tsunamis (Checklist)

Seek safety first
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Find safe place to stay
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Avoid panic
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Use available resources to call for help
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Would a life jacket help if a tsunami strikes?

Not much: If you are struck by the major aspect of the tsunami wave, the life jacket will be of little help. If you are at a low velocity, low volume edge of the wave it might give some help. The best way to be around a tsunami is to be somewhere else or be incredibly lucky. ...Read more

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Once I know my tsunami evacuation routes, what next?

Practice: Practice your evacuation routes. Familiarity may save your life. Be able to follow your escape route at night and in bad weather. ...Read more

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How can I let my family know I'm safe after a tsunami?

How can I let my family know I'm safe after a tsunami?

The Red Cross helps: If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well web site to let your family and friends know about your whereabouts and safelty. You may also call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family. ...Read more

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How can I prepare if I live in a flood or tsunami zone?

How can I prepare if I live in a flood or tsunami zone?

Tsunami - NZ: Getting ready before a tsunami strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive. If you live in a New Zealand coastal area, ask your council about your tsunami risk and local warning arrangements: http://www.getthru.govt.nz/disasters/tsunami/ ...Read more

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How can I protect my children in the case of a tsunami?

How can I protect my children in the case of a tsunami?

Plan beforehand: Find out what the school evacuation plan is. The plan may require you to pick your children up from another location other than school. Keep in mind that telephone lines (including cell phone networks) during a tsunami watch or warning may be overloaded, and routes to and from schools may be blocked with traffic. ...Read more

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How do I enter my home safely after a flood or tsunami?

How do I enter my home safely after a flood or tsunami?

Slowly, carefully: First, look for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage. Do not step in puddles or standing water if power lines are down. Approach entrances carefully as parts of your home may be damaged and in danger of collapsing. If you smell gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department. ...Read more

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