Here is some tsunami information that any one who lives near (or travels to) the water should know as part of their emergency preparedness plan.
More than 10 years ago on Christmas or Boxing Day (deepening on the timezone), a killer tsunami struck with such speed and stealth that it killed anywhere between 250,000 to 300,000 people across 14 countries.
Although I helped with relief efforts, I didn’t much about tsunamis, and how to prepare for and survive them.
All I knew was that I had been really lucky. I had missed the most deadly tsunami in recorded history by just a week.
As the publisher of a scuba diving magazine at the time, I visited Phuket Island in Thailand for work regularly.
Since work = diving + beaches + after-dive beers, I always remembered those trips to Phuket fondly.
If I had been there, I’d very likely have been just one of more than several thousand souls that were lost that day in 2004.
I’ve since educated myself on what a tsunami is, and what it can do to communities along not just coastlines, but also lakes.
By the time the next big tsunami to make the news hit in Japan, I had accumulated quite a lot of tsunami information.
I’ve taken all that research and condensed it in this DisasterGraphic on tsunamis.
If you live near the coast or a large lake, or if you love beach vacations, this DisasterGraphic can help save the lives of the people you care about.
View it, download it, print it, and share it.
I hope that you are never caught in a tsunami, but if you do, at least you will know how to ride out the worst of it.
Tsunami information: A DisasterGraphic