Tsunamis are very much a part of American history, as well as other areas around the world. Although they are not very common in the U.S., it is important for you to be able to protect yourself and your family in the case of such a catastrophic event.
Tsunamis are violent ocean waves produced by earthquakes, underwater landslides, volcanic eruptions, and even meteorites. Tsunamis often times are mistaken for tidal waves; however they are actually a series of waves that can travel at speeds averaging 450 mph (and up to 600 mph) in the open ocean.
All tsunamis are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike. A tsunami can strike anywhere along most of the U.S. coastline. The most destructive tsunamis have occurred along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Planning for a Tsunami
To help keep yourself and your family safe, follow these safety tips:
If you are at risk:
Know Your Tsunami Terms
Be sure to familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a tsunami hazard: