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


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After the 2010 Chile Tsunami, the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) was asked to update the booklet to add information on historical and potential tsunami sources off South America, Middle America, and in the Caribbean. In addition, lessons learned from the 2010 tsunami were included in this booklet which was published in Spanish by UNESCO IOC in 2012 (see below). In 2014, Spanish portions were translated into English by the International Tsunami Information Center, and the booklet printed with financing from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tsunami Program. This 2014 edition will be updated in French and Spanish.

IOC Brochure 2014-2 (IOC/BRO/2014/2 Revision)pdfbig  5.7 MB (Medium Resolution)



USGS Circular 1187

This original U.S.G.S edition of Surviving a Tsunami - Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan documents the 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 pdfbig  2.73 MB (Medium Resolution)


Sobreviviendo a un tsunami: lecciones de Chile, Hawai y Japón (2009)
Cómo sobrevivir a un tsunami:lecciones de Chile, Hawái y el Japón (2012)

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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.

Tras el tsunami que asoló Chile en 2010, se pidió al ITIC que actualizara el folleto eincluyera en él información sobre fuentes de tsunamis, ya sean históricas o posibles,situadas ante las costas de Sudamérica, Centroamérica y el Caribe. Además, en la edición de 2012 de este folleto de la COI/UNESCO titulado Cómo sobrevivir a un tsunami:lecciones de Chile, Hawái y el Japón se han incluido las enseñanzas extraídas del tsunami de 2010.


USGS Circular 1218, Revised 2009 (Spanish)  pdfbig  2.61 MB  (Medium Resolution)
UNESCO adaptation of USGS Circular 1218, Revised 2012 (Spanish) pdfbig  5.6 MB  (Medium Resolution)



Survivre à un tsunami: Enseignements tirés des expériences vécues au Chili, à Hawaii et au Japon (2012)

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Après le tsunami survenu au Chili en 2010, le CIIT a été invité à actualiser cette brochure pour y inclure des renseignements sur les sources historiques et potentielles de tsunami au large des côtes d’Amérique du Sud, d’Amérique centrale et des Caraïbes. De plus, les enseignements tirés du tsunami de 2010 ont été intégrés dans l’édition 2012 de cette brochure Commission océanographique intergouvernementale de l’UNESCO intitulée « Survivre à un tsunami – Enseignements tirés des expériences vécues au Chili, à Hawaii et au Japon ». IOC Brochure 2014-2 (IOC/BRO/2014/2) : Surviving a Tsunami: lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan . Publ.2012 (English); Publ.2014 (Spanish)

UNESCO adaptation of USGS Circular 1218, Revised 2012 (French)  pdfbig  3.3 MB  (Medium Resolution)


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