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Tsunami - What to Do?

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Locally generated tsunamis

  • If you are near a beach and feel a strong earthquake or notice the sea receding unusually, move to higher ground immediately. You may have only a few minutes.
  • Take yourself and others to higher ground - at least 35m above sea level is best.
  • If you cannot go higher, go inland as far as possible.
  • Do not return for at least one hour or until advised by authorities.
  • Do not wait for a tsunami warning before moving to higher ground.
  • Avoid rivers and inlets because they magnify tsunami waves.

Long distance tsunamis

  • Authorities will give warnings about tsunamis if they are coming from far away. These warnings come from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.
  • Tsunami warnings will be passed to you on your local radio, via a siren, or loud hailer.
  • Turn your radio on and follow instructions.
  • Take essential items with you if you are told to evacuate.
  • Do not go to the beach to watch the waves come in.
  • If you are on a boat, stay on the water. Do not return to port. Tsunamis can cause rapid changes in water levels and unpredictable currents in ports and harbours.