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Surviving a Tsunami - Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan
UPDATE: Spanish & French versions. The booklet recounts actions that saved lives following the tsunami from the largest earthquake ever measured -- the magnitude 9.5 earthquake in Chile on May 22, 1960. In addition, lessons learned from the 2010 tsunami were included in the 2012 brochure. (English, Spanish, French).
ITIC International Training Programme - Caribbean
This video summarizes the trainings in the Caribbean during 2013 and 2014.
Global Hazard Maps
VIDEO: TsunamiTeacher USA
Learn the basics of tsunamis. (English, Samoan).
Hawaii Historical Tsunami Runup maps
Runups in the Hawaiian Islands for Large, Pacific-Wide, 20th and Early 21st Century Tsunamis.
Tsunami, The Great Waves
The brochure provides information on tsunami science and describes safety rules and programs. (English, Spanish, French, Chinese).
Tsunami Awareness Poster
English, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Singalese and French.
Where the First Waves Arrive in Minutes
The booklet draws survival lessons from eyewitness accounts of the tsunami of December 26, 2004 in Aceh, and of the July 17, 2006 tsunami on the south coast of Java. (Arabic, Bahasa, English, French and Spanish).
The Glossary defines technical tsunami terms. (Arabic, Bahasa, English, French, Spanish).
VIDEO: Post-tsunami Survey
Learn the basics of a post-tsunami survey. The video summarizes a post-tsunami science survey of the August 2012 tsunami that impacted El Salvador. (English captions).
|New PTWC Tsunami Products for Pacific started 1 October 2014|
On 1 October 2014, the US NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) commenced issuance of New Enhanced Tsunami Products for all Pacific countries, culminating a 7-year intergovernmental process coordinated by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) through its Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS). PTWC retired its Warning and Watch services, and began issuing wave height threat forecasts to country National Tsunami Warning Centers, who will now assess and issue Warnings using guidance from the PTWC, national, and other sources.
Most of the world's earthquakes and tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean and its marginal seas, an area spanning more than 20,000 kilometers east to west. Over history, the Pacific has had 75% of the world’s fatal tsunamis, with 99% of those casualties from local tsunamis that struck within minutes. On average, the Pacific is hit by a locally damaging tsunami every year or two, and by a major Pacific-wide tsunami a few times each century. Over the past nine years (2005-2014), the Pacific witnessed six destructive and deadly tsunamis that placed Pacific countries in various levels of warnings for local and distant tsunamis. However, since the start of the international warning system for the Pacific in 1965, less than 1% of tsunami deaths have occurred in the far field, as compared to ~17% of tsunami deaths prior to 1965.
|Indian Ocean-wide Tsunami Exercise (IOWAVE), 9-10 September 2014|
24 countries of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System took part in an international tsunami exercise on 9-10 September 2014. The exercise, coordinated by the UNESCO IOC under the leadership of Australia and Indonesia, tested the effectiveness of stakeholder communication flows, country readiness, and tsunami emergency procedures. IOWAVE14 was conducted in real time with the IO Regional Tsunami Service Providers (Australia, India, Indonesia) providing notification messages to country National Tsunami Warning Centers for two simulated scenarios, a M9.1 south of Java, Indonesia, and a M9.0 in the Makran Trench, south of Iran and Pakistan. For more information, visit the IOTIC IOWAVE14 web page. For Media reports, click HERE.
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