5th November is term as World Tsunami Awareness Day by UN [ Current Affairs ]


5th November has been designated as World Tsunami Awareness Day every year by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). With the aim to spread awareness in people across the world for matters related to the dangers of tsunami and shall stress on the importance of early warning systems in order to mitigate damage from the upsetting natural disaster for this 5th November is beaning observed as World Tsunami Awareness Day every year.

  • At Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan in March 2015 the suggestion in this regard was first recommended by the Government of Japan after the 3rd UN Conference.

Significance of the Day:

  • To correspond with the annual anniversary of the 1854 Inamura-no-hi or “Fire of Inamura” event 5th November has been selected by UNGA.
  • Japanese villager has finished his quick action saved countless lives when he set fire to sheaves of rice, thus warning people of the imminent danger of a tsunami on this day of that year.
  • Note: October 13 is observed annually as International Day for Disaster Reduction to highlight tsunami.

Some facts

  • In the past japan has suffered heavy losses as a result of tsunamis and the most recently Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011.
  • Due to these thousands of people become homeless and had claimed over 15, 000 lives and also had disrupted the nuclear power industry.
  • Around 230000 lives are claimed on 26 December 2004 by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
  • With the epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia the shocking tsunami was formed due to earthquake.

- Published on: December 29, 2015