Tsunami, The Great Waves

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This 12-page glossy brochure provides information on what a tsunami is, how fast and how big they can be, what causes them, and describes programs undertaken to mitigate this hazard, including the development of tsunami warning centers, research programmes, and safety rules describing what to do when a tsunami attack your coastline. Tsunami The Great Waves in English was last updated and revised in December, 2014. It is also available in Spanish, French, and Chinese.  It was designed and published by the International Tsunami Information Centre, with support from the UNESCO/IOC Tsunami Programme, the USA (National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration), and France (Laboratoire de Geophysique). *Note: English version high resolution available upon request from ITIC.

Also: From the UNESCO Library: Check out the list of tsunami related UNESCO Publications


English (2014)

     PDF icon     9.40 MB

Spanish (2003)

     PDF icon     3.33 MB

French (2012)

     PDF icon     5.90 MB

Traditional Chinese (2006)

     PDF icon     2.93 MB

Simplified Chinese (2006)

     PDF icon     10.5 MB




Tsunami: The Great Waves (English - Customizable)


The ITIC does make available awareness materials in other electronic formats that allow for easy translation and localization of graphics.  These are in general Microsoft Word files formated so that the text and graphics are separated into separate objects for easy manipulation, editing, and insertion or deleting of text, photos, and graphics.  Please contact the ITIC for more details (itic.tsunami@noaa.gov).



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