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How to survive in tsunami

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The devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004, left a lasting impression on many people. While the events of that day may be long behind us, it’s important to be prepared for future tsunamis. In this article, we’ll show you how to survive in a tsunami and what to do if you’re caught in one.

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What to do if you are in a tsunami zone

If you are in a tsunami zone, follow these steps:
-Stay calm and avoid any physical activity
-Listen to authorities and stay inside if possible
-Stay away from high water and cliffs
-If you can’t evacuate, hold on to something solid and wait for help

How to build an emergency kit

If you live in an area that is prone to tsunamis, it is important to have an emergency kit in case of a tsunami. Here are some things you should include in your kit:

-An emergency flare to signal for help
-A whistle to attract attention
-A first-aid kit
-A map of the area
-Food and water
-A radio or other communication device

How to communicate with loved ones

If you are separated from loved ones in the aftermath of a tsunami, it is important to remember that you can still communicate with them. You will need to use a satellite phone if possible, but even if not, you can use social media or text messaging services to keep in touch. You may also want to consider using a beacon device to send out a signal that will be detectable by rescuers. If your loved ones remain safe but are unable to reach you, they can leave messages for you on these devices.

How to survive without food or water

If a tsunami hits your area, the best thing to do is to head to higher ground as quickly as possible. If you can’t leave the area, stay low and protect your head and neck from waves. Wave height and duration will vary depending on where you are in the world, so it’s important to be aware of local conditions before you make any decisions.

If you can’t go anywhere, try to find a sheltered place with enough food and water for everyone. If there is no power or medical help available, staying alive may require rationing food and water as closely as possible. Remember that clean water will be contaminated by radiation after a tsunami. Drinking contaminated water can increase your chance of developing cancer.

It’s also important to remember that a tsunami can kill anyone in its path. If you see the signs of a tsunami, don’t wait to take action. Wave heights will continue to grow for hours after a tsunami has hit, so it’s essential to move quickly if you want to survive

How to make a shelter

If you are in an area that is likely to be affected by a tsunami, the best course of action is to make yourself as safe as possible. If you are in an urban area, consider taking cover under a sturdy piece of furniture or inside a reinforced building. In an open environment, try to find a high spot on the shoreline or in a nearby tree. If these options are not available, try to find a sheltered spot under rocks or other debris. If all else fails, stay on the ground and protect your head and neck from waves.

How to purify water

In the event of a tsunami, the most important thing to remember is to purify water. Knowing how to do this safely and effectively can help you survive in an emergency situation. Here are some tips:

– Fill a container with clean water and place it near a window or door. If possible, try to find an elevated spot so that water will flow away from the building.

– If the tsunami warning is for your area, leave your home immediately. Go to higher ground if possible, and follow local instructions about evacuating.

– If you are unable to leave your home, purify water by boiling it for three minutes or using a hand-held filter such as the Katadyn Hiker. Never drink contaminated water.

– Do not try to rescue people from flooded buildings. Instead, wait for authorities or professional rescuers to arrive.


As a coastal community, everyone in Monterey Bay knows how to prepare for and survive a tsunami. However, as you can imagine with any natural disaster, there is always the potential for unforeseen circumstances that could lead to an even more catastrophic event. Make sure you are well-versed in the steps necessary to respond to a possible tsunami event and be prepared to act quickly if needed.