Tsunami Warning Signs

tsunamiA lot of people have seen the damage that a tsunami can cause as evidenced by the one that happened in December 26, 2004.

Caused by an earthquake somewhere in the Indian Ocean, the tsunami generated was able to devastate a number of countries, caused over 220,000 casualties in the areas that the killer waves reached and displaced a million others after its wake.

Despite a substantial delay of about several hours from the earthquake event and the first impact of the tsunami, a majority of the victims were still completely caught by surprise. This was later on blamed on the lack of tsunami warning systems available in the Indian Ocean.

Because of this lack of a tsunami warning system to detect incoming tsunamis and warn the countries in the immediate vicinity of the ocean when they happen, the catastrophe that was the 2004 Tsunami was able to take a higher human death toll than it would have if only the victims were warned.

And because of the tragedy, more and more countries at greater risk of being devastated by tsunamis have instituted warning systems that will help them monitor the seas and detect tsunami activity when they happen and send immediate warnings to allow for people to evacuate. Although a tsunami cannot be prevented or even precisely predicted to happen, a warning system may be the best weapon that can be used to minimize its devastation.

Tsunami warning signs

Warning systems may be a great help for tsunami prone countries to help minimize its effects. For those people who find themselves living near shores where a tsunami may strike, knowledge of the warning signs of an approaching tsunami can provide a means that will give people time for an immediate evacuation to escape the possible devastation.

One of the warning signs of an approaching tsunami can be observed on the seashore. Before a tsunami strikes, an unusual recession of the sea from the shoreline may be experienced. This may be especially evident in coastal areas having a shallow seabed.

Before a tsunami hits, a recession of the sea may be seen to as far as a hundred meters away. To some people, this might be a curious occurrence that will make them stay to investigate even more. This might prove to be dangerous as the receding seas may be a precursor of a devastating tsunami about to hit shore. Consider this as a warning and such an occurrence in coastal areas should immediately lead to emergency evacuation.

Other warning signals of an approaching tsunami may come from unlikely sources. Unusual behavior of animals in the coastal areas may be considered as another likely warning of an approaching tsunami.

Most animals seem to sense an incoming danger and might flee to higher ground before the tsunami breaks landfall. If such events happen, with animals suddenly moving towards higher ground, it might be wise to follow such warnings and do the same. It might help prevent more people from becoming casualties of a coming tsunami.

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