Tsunami Safety Tips

National Geographic

Tsunamis can wreak havoc on coastal populations and landscapes. The December 26, 2004, tsunami in the Indian Ocean claimed some 150,000 lives and cleared the landscape on millions of acres of oceanfront terrain. Here are some measures you can take to avoid trouble if you're caught in a tsunami.

Safety Tips

When in coastal areas, stay alert for tsunami warnings.
Plan an evacuation route that leads to higher ground.
Know the warning signs of a tsunami: rapidly rising or falling coastal waters and rumblings of an offshore earthquake.
Never stay near shore to watch a tsunami come in.
A tsunami is a series of waves. Do not return to an affected coastal area until authorities say it is safe.


The Indian National Tsunami Early Warning System website offers real-time data to alert citizens of tsunami threats.


The massive earthquake of April 11 was felt in Singapore, Thailand. Quake centered 33 km beneath the ocean. Tsunami warning issued for 28 nations including in India in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu and Andhra.


Hundreds of thousands of photos lost in the Japan tsunami wait to be cleaned before being reunited with their owners.