What to do Before and During a Tsunami

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern coast of Japan today. The earthquake set off a 13-foot tsunami which destroyed buildings and other property along the affected coastal areas.  Meanwhile, The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned the public and has raised the Tsunami alert to Level 2.

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. (Makinig sa radyo upang malaman kung mayrong babala ng tsunami kapag may nangyaring lindol o pagyanig at malapit kayo sa tabing dagat.)
  • Move inland to higher ground immediately and stay there. (Lumayo sa tabing dagat at lumipat sa mas mataas na lugar at manatili doon.)
  • 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.  (Iwasan ang pagpunta sa tabing dagat. Huwag kayong pumunta sa pampang ng dagat upang pagmasdan ang pagdating ng tsunami.  Kung nakikita ninyo ang alon, masyado kayong napakalapit para makatakas pa.)
  • 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. (BABALA: Kung may kapansin-pansin o hindi normal na  pagbaba ng tubig o paghibas,  babala na ito ng kalikasan o ng nakaambang pagdating ng  tsunami kaya huwag itong ipagwalang bahala. Lumikas na kaagad agad.)

Last Modified: Monday, 03-Jan-2011 12:33:29 EST


Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 C Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20472
(202) 646-2500


About Maria Arlene V. Goyenechea

mother of four, married, female, Filipina, fascinated with Japanese culture
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