2008 Tsunamis

Events List for 2008

With surface wave or moment magnitude (Mw) greater than or equal to 6.5 and a depth no greater than 100 km, or an event for which an international warning centre issues a message. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (P) issues; Tsunami Information Bulletins (TIB), Expanding Regional Warnings (ERW), Regional Watch/Warnings (RWW) or Indian Ocean Watch Bulletins (IO), or Local Tsunami Watch Bulletins (LTWB) or Tsunami Information Statements (TIS). Japan Meteorological Agency (J), issues Tsunami Advisory Messages for the North Pacific (NWPTA), or Indian Ocean Tsunami Watch Information Bulletins (TWI). When the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (A) issues a message it is also included. Epicenter, depth (from GCMT solution) and Mw from USGS (G), and Mw from PTWC (P) at action time. Height measurements from tide gauges peak to trough or half peak to trough as indicated, otherwise measurement is the greatest value for either inundation or runup depending on the event.

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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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