A tsunami is a series of huge ocean waves created by an underwater disturbance. Causes include earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, or meteorites--chunks of rock from space that strike the surface of Earth. A tsunami can move hundreds of miles per hour in the open ocean. It can smash into land with waves as high as 100 feet or more and cause devastating floods. Drowning is the most common cause of death related to a tsunami.
Although there are no guarantees of safety during a tsunami, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety, and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Federal Emergency Management Agency Available in Spanish
- Food Safety After a Tsunami (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Health Effects of Tsunamis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Tsunami Preparedness (American Red Cross)
- Tsunamis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Tsunamis (Department of Homeland Security) Available in Spanish
- Tsunamis: Sanitation and Hygiene (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Tsunamis: Water Quality (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: DISASTER RELIEF FOR THE JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI OF 2011: STRESS REDUCTION...
- Article: Navigating complexity through knowledge coproduction: Mainstreaming ecosystem services into disaster...
- Article: PhotoVoice: A Community-Based Participatory Approach in Developing Disaster Reduction Strategies.
- Tsunamis -- see more articles