Tsunami

 

Facts: A tsunami warning has been issued for the Pacific Coast of Washington State. Tsunamis are a series of waves most commonly caused by an earthquake beneath the sea floor. Waves of any size can create strong currents that can cause damage and easily sweep people off their feet.

What to do:

  • If you are along the waterfront and feel an earthquake, first protect yourself by getting under a table or sturdy piece of furniture. The shaking of the earth is your warning of tsunami. Once the shaking stops, run to high ground. If there is no higher ground or no time to reach higher ground, climb into the upper levels of a multi-story structure.
  • When asked to evacuate, do so immediately. Follow any routes provided in the evacuation notice. Some routes may have signs posted along roads and highways.
  • If you cannot evacuate in a vehicle, leave on foot and go directly to the nearest high ground. Avoid lakes and wetlands which are prone to flooding and liquefaction during aftershocks.
  • Stay tuned to the radio for updates on emergency information.
  • If you know of someone who is unable to understand, see, or hear this message, please tell them about it.

Helpful links:

http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/hazards/tsunami

http://www.tsunamiready.noaa.gov/

http://www.ready.gov/tsunamis

 

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