Tsunami Glossary

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The Tsunami Glossary includes the definition of technical terms, and information on the global intergovernmental coordination groups for tsunami warning and mitigation.  The 2013 version (English, Arabic) updates terms and defines tsunami warning center products and forecast services that are now generally provided by warning centers.  The 2008 version (English, Spanish, French, Indonesian) includes definitions specific to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and its existing services to the Pacific and Caribbean.


English (low resolution)

PDF icon 8.60 MB

Arabic (low resolution)

PDF icon 9.60 MB

French (low resolution)

PDF icon 8.95 MB

Spanish (low resolution)

PDF icon 9.66 MB

English (low resolution)

PDF icon 7.10 MB

French (low resolution)
(2008, draft)

PDF icon 5.39 MB

Spanish (low resolution)

PDF icon 5.59 MB

Bahasa Indonesian (2007)

PDF icon 4.90 MB


Other versions that have been translated in part include 2008 versions in Korean and Chinese.

The ITIC can make available awareness materials in other electronic formats that will 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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Featured 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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