A tsunami (pronounced soo-nah-me) is a series of giant waves that happen after earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides or meteoric impacts (Earth being hit by a meteor). The waves travel in all directions from the area of disturbance, much like the ripples that happen after throwing a rock. The waves may travel as fast as 450 miles an hour in the open sea. As big waves approach shallow waters along the coast they grow to a great height and smash into the shore. They can be as high as 100 feet and can cause a lot of damage along the shore.
Tsunami Awareness with EPPS as the Leading School
Tips before a Tsunami by EPPS
Tsunami Warning Signs – Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School
Tsunamis generally appear in the Pacific Ocean and coastal areas.
- Build an emergency kit.
- Make a family communication plan.
- If the water recedes from the shoreline, or goes out to sea, in a very noticeable way, get away from the area immediately. This is nature’s warning that a tsunami is coming.
- Listen to evacuation orders and leave the area immediately.
- Take any pets with you.
- Move inland (away from the ocean) and towards higher ground.
- Stay away from the beach. Never go down to the water to watch a tsunami come in. If you can see the wave, you are too close to escape it.
- Don’t return home unless officials tell you it is safe to do so.
- Stay away from debris in the water. It could be dangerous.
- Stay out of any building with water around it. Water can make floors crack or walls collapse.
- Text, don’t talk, as you may block the phone lines for emergency workers.
- Inland – away from the coastline.
- Seismic Sea Waves – another way to describe tsunamis.
- Evacuation – leaving an area that has been declared unsafe.
- Debris – rubble, trash or random materials like large pieces of wood, metal or plastic.