As you enjoy the cool breeze on the beach, do you ever think what you would do if a tsunami struck? What steps will you take to ensure you and any of your loved ones remain safe? Here is a guide on the steps you can take to survive a tsunami if you are on the beach:
- The major cause of a tsunami is an earthquake which can last for up to 15 minutes. A tsunami will follow immediately after the earthquake and you need to take precaution. You need to look for cover where you will be safe until the earthquake subsides.
- If you notice an oncoming tsunami, do not think of what you had carried to the beach. The most important factor at this time is your life and that of your loved ones. Carrying unnecessary baggage as you try to run from the tsunami will hinder your evacuation efforts. If you had a survival kit, it should be the only thing that matters.
- Move to higher ground and stay there until everything returns to normalcy. A tsunami can last for up to 3 days and to be sure everything is back to normal, you can stay for up to 5 days.
During and after a tsunami, there will be a lot of updates from government departments and from other sources as well. Do not believe any report as most of these are inaccurate or could be wrong. Even when it is said that the tsunami is over, stay a little longer to be sure that this is true.
If the coastal region has a history of tsunamis, it is important to take precautions when going to the beach. Do not leave your survival kit and learn to observe the waves. If you notice any unusual change in the sea, do not wait to know what will happen next, move to a safe place.
A tsunami is inevitable and destructive as well. What matters is to take the necessary precautions if it occurs when you are on the beach. Do not wait until you are told to evacuate as it may be too late.