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#WORLDTSUNAMIAWARENESSDAY: Here’s an App That Gives Emergency Options During Disasters

#WORLDTSUNAMIAWARENESSDAY: Here’s an App That Gives Emergency Options During Disasters

PeN wants you to be safe at all times.

On World Tsunami Day, PeN takes part to make sure that everyone is aware of the importance of disaster preparedness.

One of the most feared disasters are TSUNAMIS which already ended so many lives in the past decade.

To look back, here are the most recent tsunami disasters that swept the globe.

The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami



The 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami




Oftentimes, tsunamis are not being taken seriously. Red Cross debunks some myths about tsunamis. In their website, they answered which are facts and myths that are being perceived by many.

Tsunami Fact vs Fiction

Fiction

Tsunamis are giant walls of water.

Fact

Occasionally, tsunamis can form walls of water (known as tsunami bores) but tsunamis normally have the appearance of a fast-rising and fast-receding flood. They can be similar to a tide cycle occurring in just 10 to 60 minutes instead of 12 hours.

Fiction

A tsunami is a single wave.

Fact

A tsunami is a series of waves. Often the initial wave is not the largest. In fact, the largest wave may not occur for several hours. There may also be more than one series of tsunami waves if a very large earthquake triggers local landslides which in turn trigger additional tsunamis.

Fiction

Boats should move to the protection of a bay or harbor during a tsunami.

Fact

Tsunamis are often most destructive in bays and harbors, not just because of the waves but because of the violent currents they generate in local waterways. Tsunamis are least destructive in deep, open ocean waters.

Fiction

A tsunami is the same thing as a tidal wave.

Facts

Tidal waves are regular ocean waves, and are caused by the tides. These waves are caused by the interaction of the pull of the moon’s gravity on the earth. A “tidal wave” is a term used in common folklore to mean the same thing as a tsunami, but is not the same thing.

Source: Red Cross

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Posted by Clarisse Javier in Blog, Others