With Pacific Areas Under Tsunami Watch Basic Steps Can Save Lives – What to Do in Case of Tsunami
What to Do in Case of Tsunami
Following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan early this morning, areas across the Pacific are under tsunami watches and warnings.
For those in coastal areas, the following are guidelines for what you should do if a tsunami is likely in your area:
- Turn on your radio to learn if there is a tsunami warning if an earthquake occurs and you are in a coastal area.
- Move inland to higher ground immediately and stay there.
- Stay away from the beach. Never go down to the beach to watch a tsunami come in. If you can see the wave you are too close to escape it.
- CAUTION – If there is noticeable recession in water away from the shoreline this is nature’s tsunami warning and it should be heeded. You should move away immediately
For more information on tsuanamis and what steps to take before, during, and after a tsunami and for ongoing tsunami updates, visit www.FEMA.gov