Tsunami Tips

Application of fertilizers on non-traditional crops including kohlrabi, at the Ministry of Agriculture's headquarters at Graeme Hall, Christ Church.

If you feel an earthquake that lasts 20 seconds or longer when you are in a coastal area, you should:

  • Drop, cover, and hold on. You should first protect yourself from the earthquake damages.
  • When the shaking stops, gather members of your household and move quickly to higher ground away from the coast. A tsunami may be coming within minutes.
  • Avoid downed power lines and stay away from damaged buildings from which heavy objects might fall during an aftershock.

If you are in school and you hear there is a tsunami warning:

  • You should follow the advice of teachers and other school personnel. 

If you are at home and hear there is a tsunami warning:

  • You should make sure your entire family is aware of the warning. Move in an orderly, calm and safe manner to the evacuation site or to any safe place.
  • Follow the advice of local emergency and law enforcement authorities.

If you are at the beach or near the ocean and you feel the earth shake:

  • Move immediately to higher ground, DO NOT wait for a tsunami warning to be announced. Stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the ocean as you would stay away from the beach and ocean if there is a tsunami. A regional tsunami from a local earthquake could strike some areas before a tsunami warning could be announced.
  • High, multi-storied, reinforced concrete hotels are located in many low-lying coastal areas. The upper floors of these hotels can provide a safe place to find refuge if there is a tsunami warning and you cannot move quickly inland to higher ground.
  • Homes and small buildings located in low-lying coastal areas are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures if there is a tsunami warning.
  • Offshore reefs and shallow areas may help break the force of tsunami waves, but large and dangerous waves can still be a threat to coastal residents in these areas.
  • Staying away from all low-lying areas is the safest advice when there is a tsunami warning. 

If you are on a boat:

  • Since tsunami wave activity is imperceptible in the open ocean, do not return to port if you are at sea and a tsunami warning has been issued for your area. Tsunamis can cause rapid changes in water levels and unpredictable dangerous currents in harbours and ports.