How to survive a Tsunami


    How to survive a Tsunami

  • 1 Run if a wave receded for long

    One of the signs that show that a tsunami is about to occur is the receding of water for a long period of time, a few minutes, without returning back to the shore. If water receded and didn't come back there might be a tsunami on the way.

  • 2 Move away from water after earthquakes

    Earthquakes are among the major causes of tsunamis. If you survived a recent earthquake make sure you stay away from the water for a tsunami might be on the way. See why Tsunamis occur.

  • 3 Watch for abnormal animal behaviour

    Animals have the ability to sense such changes in nature. If you noticed a strange behavior in animals, like running for shelter in groups, then know that a natural disaster might be on the way.

  • 4 Move to a higher ground

    If you can reach a higher ground you might be able to escape the harm of a tsunami. While tsunamis can bring sea level up, still a high enough ground can provide protection. Wikihow recommends staying 30 meters above sea level.

  • 5 Avoid old buildings

    Some buildings might collapse as a result of a tsunami. Climbing on a building, especially if it was an old one, might not be a good idea. See also how to survive extreme cold.

  • 6 Expect many waves

    Some people might mistakenly think that tsunamis are composed of one wave but this is not always true. More than one wave might come and so remain in your shelter until all waves end. The following waves might be even stronger and waves can keep coming for 8 hours or more.

  • 7 Don't try to swim

    The current of a tsunami is usually fast and it could contain many sharp objects such as broken pieces of wood or glass. Swimming in a tsunami current could easily get you killed.

  • 8 Head for the roof

    If you got stuck in a building then make your way to the roof fast so that you don't get trapped by water if it came inside the building.

  • 9 Climb a strong tree

    There are incidents of people who managed to survive a tsunami by climbing high trees. While this is not a guaranteed method, it can still be used as a last resort if no other way was found.

  • 10 Forget about your belongings

    A tsunami won't give you a lot of time to escape. Make sure you focus on saving your life instead of focusing on saving your stuff.

  • 11 Find a raft

    If you got swept by the current then do your best to find an object that can used as a raft. Staying inside the water can be very dangerous.

  • 12 Leave your shelter when officials say so

    Don't leave your safe shelter until officials announce that the waves are over. Tsunami waves can last for hours.

  • 13 Don't count on roads or bridges

    When thinking of an escape route know that some roads and bridges might be broken. Don't count much on roads.

  • 14 Get out of your car

    If the roads are blocked then getting out of your car is the right thing to do in order to not end up being stuck inside the car with water pushing the car or surrounding you.

  • 15 Beware of electric currents

    If any electric connection was exposed inside the water then there might also be a shock hazard. See how to protect your body from electric shocks.