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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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 are the warning signs of a tsunami?

What are the warning signs of a tsunami?

There may be very: few. This is because a tsunamis may hit thousands of kilometres from the earthquake that caused it. Thus it may not be felt. When the tsunami is in deep oceans - it may not be apparent. Right before it hits, the sea may briefly recede from the coast. However the best way to find out is from a a tsunami warning system which includes a network of tsunami sensors. Not all countries have this. ...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?

Tsunami: A tsunami's danger is not just from fast moving currents but also from all the debris it contains. Although a life jacket may offer little help - If I was stuck inescapably from the path of a tsunami - I would pray and put the life jacket on. Bottom line- don't count on a life jacket to save you. ...Read more

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When can I return home after a flood or tsunami?

Returning home-: Use your NOAA Weather Radio to learn more about what the weather is doing. There may be damage to roads, bridges, building or other infrastructure. If there are still flood waters near a building - don't enter. Do not enter if there are large foundation cracks. Re-enter region only after authorities have given a green light. ...Read more

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Once I know my tsunami evacuation routes, what next?

Once I know my tsunami evacuation routes, what next?

Tsunami evacuation: Practice Tsunami evacuation. If there is an official tsunami warning - evacuate. Go inland & to higher ground. Listen to local authorities regarding which roads are open & travel conditions. Bring your 72 emergency preparedness kit with you with & at least enough food to last for 3 days. ...Read more

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

Tsunami: Depending on where you are in the world when a tsunami hits - there may not be communications for a prolonged period. After a disaster, people may be asked not to make unnecessary calls to law enforcement or other agencies so that true emergency calls can get through. The International Red Cross or Red Crescent (in Muslim countries) may provide help. ...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?

Returning home.: Re-enter region only after authorities have given a green light. There may be damage to buildings or other infrastructure. If there are still flood waters near a building - don't enter. Do not enter if there are large foundation cracks. Don't use your tap water unless authorities have declared it clean. Don't enter home if it smells like gas. Avoid any downed power lines. Use flashlights not ...Read more

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

72 hr kit.: Encourage you to make a 72 hour emergency kit for every member of your family well in advance. Here is a comprehensive list: https://www.utah.gov/beready/business/documents/72-hourchecklistpdf.pdf. Have a plan for how to contact family members and know your evacuation routes. ...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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Will my insurance cover flood damage or tsunami damage?

Will my insurance cover flood damage or tsunami damage?

Need flood Insurance: Because standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, and heavy rains. For information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov. ...Read more

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What are the most common injuries seen in people after a tsunami?

What are the most common injuries seen in people after a tsunami?

Common injuries: The most common injuries after disasters are lacerations of feet. The most injuries from tsunamis are wounds due to physical impact with debris, fractures, & near drowning &/or aspiration . ...Read more

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What is the difference between a tsunami watch and tsunami warning?

Tsunamis: WARNING: " A tsunami was or may have been generated, which could cause damage; therefore, people in the warned area are strongly advised to evacuate." WATCH: " A tsunami was or may have been generated, but is at least two hours travel time to the area in watch status. Local officials should prepare for possible evacuation if their area is upgraded to a warning." See: ...Read more

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Pre disaster planning for tsunami?

Pre disaster planning for tsunami?

Move: Tsunamis only occur in coastal regions. Depending upon your fear of risk, you could move away from the coast if that is too fearful for you. A true tsunami is so powerful that there is nothing you can do to protect yourself except to be alert to warnings and quickly get to higher ground when there is a prediction of one. Look at the extensive damage of the recent japanese one - no place to hide. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to watch a tsunami?

How far are: you above ground? How sturdy a structure are you? Remember that flooding and debris can sometimes go inland at great distances. So it is not just the crashing waves of tsunami that create danger. ...Read more

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After and on a tsunami outbreak what will I do?

Not much: Unless you actually in the path of the giant wave, you should not suffer at all. It would be something you would read in the newspaper. If your livelihood is affected (a house destroyed, a working place damaged) then you might have monetary damages. Hopefully you have not had this happen. ...Read more

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What are diseases caused by aftereffects of tsunamis?

What are diseases caused by aftereffects of tsunamis?

Depends on: location of tsunami. Per World Health Organization these diseases have resulted after major tsunamis: Yellow fever, diarrhea, Cholera, Typhoid fever, Dysentery, hepatitis, viral fever, malaria, dengue & measles . ...Read more

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Please share a myth about coping with floods and tsunamis.

Floods: What you see in the movies is not what really happens. Documentaries are great sources of information as well as local, regional, and national disaster relief sources. ...Read more

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What should I do if I live, work, or often visit a tsunami zone?

What should I do if I live, work, or often visit a tsunami zone?

Tsunami preparednes: Develop a family disaster plan. Insure that people know how to reach each other. Have people in your community that can help transport a child or other family member if they are in an areas where you can not reach them. Plan out possible evacuation routes. Always have your 72 hour emergency prepared kit with food ready to go. See: http://www.disastercenter.com/guide/tsunami.html ...Read more

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