National Tsunami Awareness Week – March 24 – 30, 2013

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This week is National Tsunami Awareness Week. I know you might be thinking, UC Irvine isn’t on the coast, so we aren’t affected. And while that is true, many of our students, staff, and faculty live in coastal cities in Orange County that have the potential to be threatened by a Tsunami.

A Tsunami is an unusually high sea wave that’s formed from an underground earthquake, underground volcanic eruption, a massive landslide, etc….then that wave is like a wall of water as it crashes ashore. The cause can be from a local source, like an underwater landslide off the California coast, or from a distant source, like a major earthquake in Alaska.

It is important to know what to do in the event of a Tsunami. Most importantly, follow evacuation orders and other instructions from local officials. If you are on the beach and see the water recede, get to high ground as quickly as possible.

All of the coastal cities in Orange County have gone through the process to be designated as Tsunami Ready by the National Weather Services. This program is designed to help cities, towns, counties, universities and other large sites in coastal areas reduce the potential for disastrous tsunami-related consequences. For more information visit www.tsunamiready.noaa.gov or your City’s emergency management website.

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