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Tsunami Hazard Zone SignAccording to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a tsunami is a series of waves created by an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite. As seen in 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 150,000 people and left millions homeless.

  • If you are on the beach or live near the beach when an earthquake occurs, move to higher ground beyond your tsunami evacuation zone. Do not wait for the tsunami warning to sound.
  • Adhere to tsunami danger zone postings near coastal waters.
  • If you are in a boat on the open sea when a tsunami warning is issued, do not head back to port, as tsunami wave activity is undetectable on the open ocean. In and around harbors and ports, on the other hand, tsunamis can lead to dangerous currents.

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