5th November: World Tsunami Awareness Day (Download PDF)


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World Tsunami Awareness Day was observed on 5th November. Its first edition was held this year- in 2016. Day is celebrated to spread awareness about Tsunami. 2016 Theme is “Effective Education and Evacuation Drills”.

World Tsunami Awareness Day

World Tsunami Awareness Day

World Tsunami Awareness Day

Importance of the Day

  • Stress on the significance of quick warning systems to mitigate damage.
  • Spread awareness about dangers of tsunami.
  • Objective is to improve knowledge of tsunamis and elicit appropriate response by the different agencies and citizens.

Key Details

  • Tsunamis are large waves that come on the coasts because of seafloor movement associated with earthquakes or landslides.
  • Difficult to predict though seismically active regions are more at risk.
  • In December 2015, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) dedicated a World Tsunami Awareness Day.
  • This day relates with the annual anniversary of the 1854 Inamura-no-hi (Fire of Inamura) event.
  • First proposal was suggested by Japan after the 3rd united nation Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. This conference was held in Sendai (Japan) in March 2015.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 5, 2016

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