If you’re anywhere near where a tsunami is expected to hit — the latest is that the tsunami is expected to hit Hawaii at 11:20 local time (4:20 PM ET) — then go check out this guide from the US Geological Survey on surviving a tsunami. (via Marginal Revolution).
Some key points:
- Abandon your belongings (they’re way less important than your life).
- Listen to the authorities.
- Head for higher ground.
- Climb a tree (if you can’t head for higher ground).
- Don’t count on roads holding up.
- Find a sturdy building and head for the roof.
- Don’t count on it being over after the first wave — the first wave may not even be the biggest.
Here’s a great chart showing the timing of wave impact in Hilo, Hawaii after a Chilean earthquake in 1960.
And if charts aren’t your thing, here’s a beautiful (and scary) photographic timeseries showing the impact of a tsunami and how fast it can come and cause damage.
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