World Tsunami Awareness Day

WASHINGTON STATE GEOLOGY NEWS

World Tsunami Awareness DayIn December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly designated Nov. 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day, calling on all international bodies, countries, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals to observe the day to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction, both before and after a tsunami.

This year, the focus of World Tsunami Awareness Day is on effective education and evacuation drills. Nov. 5 was chosen to honor the actions of a Japanese farmer and village chief credited with saving hundreds of lives from a tsunami in 1854. After recognizing the signs of a tsunami, he set fire to his harvested rice to attract the attention of villagers near the coast. As the villagers rushed to help, he told them to keep moving up the hill to safety, where they watched the tsunami destroy their village. In the aftermath, he helped his community rebuild to better withstand future events for the benefit of future…

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