This is a list of additional tsunami readings.  The following are links to Websites or PDF files.

Big Waves: Tracking Deadly Tsunamis
By ITIC Director Laura Kong.  Scientists hope to save more lives by learning better ways to predict the approach of killer waves.  This special Oceanography Report was published in 2004 Science Year by World Book.

NOAA: Backgrounder: Tsunamis
Gives a brief general description of tsunamis and role that NOAA agencies have in tsunami mitigation.

FEMA: Tsunami
Gives a brief general description of tsunamis and what do to before, during and after a tsunami.

Geoscience Australia - Tsunamis
Gives a brief general description of tsunamis and the risk they pose to Australian coastal areas.

Tsunami: The Great Waves
An IOC publication available in English, Spanish and French.

By Frank Gonz├ílez.  An article published in Scientific American, May 1999.  Explores how the lessons learned about tsunamis in the past decade will help save lives.

Surviving a tsunami--Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan
(http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/c1187/) or
US Geological Survey Circular 1187, written by Brian Atwater and others.

Or in Spanish-----

Como Sobrevivir a un Maremoto: 11 Lecciones del Tsunami occurrido en al sur de Chile el 22 de mayo de 1960

Waves of Destruction: Tsunamis
Part of the PBS online series The Savage Earth which deals with natural disasters.  This episode by Daniel Pendick describes tsunamis for a general audience.

Washington State's Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources.


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Regional Disaster Information Center (Latin America & the Caribbean)

A database of Spanish language materials focused on tsunami preparedness.
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Post-Tsunami Survey:
El Salvador Summary Video

Learn the basics of a post-tsunami survey.

TsunamiTeacher USA
Tsunami Basics

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Learn the basics of tsunamis. Available in English and Samoan.

Tsunamis on the Move

Tsunami Awareness Poster

Awareness poster available in English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Singalese.


Global Hazard Maps

Posters of Tsunami Sources, Significant Earthquakes and Significant Volcanic Eruptions. Also Tsunami Sources Icosohedron Globe.

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Tsunami, The Great Waves

Available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.


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Tsunami Glossary

Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, French and Bahasa. 



Where the First Wave Arrives in Minutes

Available in English, Bahasa, Spanish and French.


DVD copies for PC and Macintosh computers are available free of charge from the ITIC, Hawaii (itic.tsunami@noaa.gov).

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