Surviving a Tsunami - Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan

USGS Circular 1187

Actions that saved lives, and actions that cost lives, as recounted by eyewitnesses to the tsunami from the largest earthquake ever measured -- the magnitude 9.5 earthquake in Chile on May 22, 1960.


USGS Circular 1187, Revised 2009

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Sobreviviendo a un tsunami: lecciones de Chile, Hawai y Japón

USGS Circular 1218 

Acciones que salvaron vidas y acciones que ocasionaron muertes, relatadas por testigos oculares del tsunami generado por el mayor terremoto que se haya registrado, el terremoto chileno, magnitud 9.5, del 22 de mayo de 1960.

USGS Circular 1218, Revised 2009 (Spanish)

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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 (

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