Topic: Tsunami

Resilience Scan July – September 2017

Resilience: rising to the challenge in coastal regions Coastal areas offer unique opportunities and challenges. The dynamics of the physical processes (from the daily tides to the ever-changing morphology) form the backdrop to some of the world’s most productive and valuable habitats and give rise to distinctive coastal economies and cultures. But they are under …

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Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety

This guide provides up-to-date, authoritative information that schools can use to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards. It presents information and guidance on: Identifying natural hazards that could potentially impact a school; Making new and existing school buildings safer for children and staff, and more resistant to damage during natural disasters; Planning and preparing …

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Tsunami detection using commercial cargo ships

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) have begun equipping commercial cargo ships with low-cost tsunami sensors to provide real-time early detection data as they move through the North Pacific. The researchers, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are partnering with Matson, Maersk Line and the World …

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Protected areas as tools for Disaster Risk Reduction. A handbook for practitioners

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) has therefore become a critical part of sustainable development strategies. The acronym DRR embraces a complex mixture of policies and actions, from education of civil society, through disaster preparedness strategies to engineering solutions ranging from construction of sea walls to building regulations that aim to protect cities against earthquakes. The following …

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Overview of Natural Disasters and their Impacts in Asia and the Pacific, 1970 – 2014

Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. Geologically, the region is characterized by active tectonic plate movements in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, which have been the source of major earthquakes and tsunamis. In the past decade alone, a person living in Asia-Pacific was twice as likely to be affected …

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Think Tsunami

Excellent video, in Japanese with English subtitles, on the effects of powerful Tsunami and how we can best prepare for them. The video also highlights a lot of myths and mistruths about Tsunami behaviour that must be weeded out if lives are to be saved. From the Japan Meteorlogical Agency   津波の準備をします。このビデオでは、命を救うことができます。津波についての真実を学び、私たちは彼らのためにどのように準備することができます。 気象庁より Video Link …

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Ready To Respond

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Red Cross worked with local communities and schools to establish local early warning and evacuation systems. Disaster preparedness remains an important part of the schools curriculum and disaster simulation drills continue to be held on a regular basis. See more at www.ifrcmedia.org/2004-tsunami