IN YOUR AREA?
What you should do if you there is a tsunami in your area?
In the U.S., only Hawaii, Alaska, and the West Coast are at risk for tsunamis. This is because things that cause tsunamis (like undersea earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and landslides) are more common in these areas. Even if you do live in a tsunami area, you don't need to worry about one happening very often. And, in the US we DO have a warning system to give people time to get away. If you're concerned about a tsunami, there are things you can do.
- Turn on the TV or radio to learn if there is a tsunami warning. If you hear a tsunami warning, and they say to evacuate in the area where you live, you and your family should do this immediately.
- If you live where tsunamis are a risk, you and your parents should talk about what to do if you are told to evacuate. The same is true for any emergency. Have a plan so that you and your family know exactly what to do and how to do it. That way, you can protect yourself.
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If you have more questions about what causes tsunamis and where they take place, check out the following links...
USGS EarthQuake Hazards Program, For Kids Only
FEMA for Kids, Tsunami Information Page
World Health Organization, Tsunami Technical Hazard Sheet
Do you want to know more about the diseases caused by tsunamis?
For more information on the diseases surrounding the tsunami disaster, check out...
CDC — Health Effects of Tsunamis
CDC — General Information on Tsunami-Related Diseases and Health Concerns
- Division of Population Health/School Health Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Atlanta, GA 30341
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO