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The Initial Warning Signs Of Impending Tsunami

How could you tell a tsunami is likely to hit the seashore? Well, unless you have direct access to reputable news and information, probably only God knows there will be a fatal catastrophe.

If you are going to travel to a place where you are not familiar with, especially island or seaside resort, you should take note on these travelling tips:

Try to get a mobile broadband to check regularly for the latest update from local news portals, Google News, etc:
  • You might not notice a giant earthquake happens few thousand miles away, while you are sleeping, and likely to trigger tsunami that heading to shore / island where you are having holiday.
  • The local people might aware of Tsunami warning but not taking it seriously.
  • You don’t understand the dialect and thus miss the warning message.

Check out the tsunami warning signs with indication of evacuation routes, especially you are travelling on region with tsunami records.

Tsunami signs on JapanTsunami signs with indication of evacuation routeTsunami signs placed on the seaside by local authority.

When the ocean receding unusually rapidly, that might indicate an impending tsunami is likely to happen in next 5 minutes or so. True or not, you should stay away from the seaside, or there will be no chance to say sorry.

Associated Press footage: Waters recede ahead of tsunami triggered by an earthquake in Chile on Saturday, February 27

A first wave of may not be the most dangerous but the subsequent waves, which might be delayed to few ten minutes or an hour, might be fatal and destructive.

The video explain formation of Tsunami, with news footage of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Tsunami might even hit riverbank if so happen the fatal waves travel inland through the river leading to sea. So people have to retreat to high ground and stay away from seaside, riverbank, etc.

With reference to National Geographic news on Tsunami Warning Signs, Facts in Wake of Samoa Quake.

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