Tsunami

6 Ways to Save Yourself From a Tsunami

By : Shahrukh Ghanchi

November 6, 2017 Act

Tsunami is a series of waves that may be threatening and destructive. These tidal waves are known to cause havoc in coastal populations. The tsunami in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004 claimed about 150,000 lives and cleared the landscape on thousands of acres.

Though tsunamis are infrequent, the coastlines in Karachi are vulnerable. Just like earthquakes, no one can predict when and where a tsunami will strike.

However, there are a number of ways that can minimize the hazardous effects of tsunamis to the individuals, communities and the environment. Accompanied with an efficient warning system, thoughtful measures can also reduce harm from tsunamis.

Here are some measures you can take to avoid trouble, but don’t let the threat of tsunami ruin your joy of the beach.

1. Know the early warning signs

Did you know an earthquake lasting 20 seconds or more near a coastline may generate a tsunami? Also, rapid rise or fall in coastal water can cause a tsunami.

sea wave during storm

If you’re living near the coast, you should consider an earthquake, ground rumbling and rapidly rise or fall in coastal waters as a warning signal.

Ji haan, yeh knowledge apki jaan bacha sakti hai.

2. Take first aid course

If your family or community gets hit, you should rise to the occasion. If you have knowledge about the first aid, you can attend to primary injuries and help save people’s lives.

First Aid

By the way, create a first aid box too. You will greatly need it in such times.

3. Warn others

You should immediately warn other people when you spot any symptom. Many people may not realize something is wrong. Yell, scream or do whatever it takes to grab their attention.

Warning

You can also look at the animals and see how they are behaving. We may be smarter than the animals, but they know when nature has gone wrong. If they’re acting differently or funny, something is wrong.

4. Leave the beach immediately

If you are at the beach or somewhere near the ocean and you feel the earth shaking, move immediately to the upper ground. Tsunami ki warning ka intezar na karen!

Warning sign

Kabhi kabhi tsunami hit kar jata hai aur warnings baad mein milti hain. If you’re living at a distant location, you’ll have enough time to move to a higher ground, but you may have little time to get to out.

Aur haan, never go to the beach to watch a tsunami come in.

5. Tsunami is more than a one wave

A tsunami consists of a series of waves. The first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami waves are often separated by a short or long period of time.

Wave

So if the first wave of tsunami is not very big, don’t think that the hazard is over. The threat from a tsunami can last for several hours.

6. If you’re on the boat, go further out in the sea

You’ll waste energy and time coming back to the shore if you’re in the sea. Take your boat and get yourself to the middle of the sea. The waves have more space to spread and thus their risks are lower. But most importantly, you won’t have the chance of a truck or building hitting on your face.

boat

Aap samundar mein zyada safe hain.

Tsunamis are very dangerous, but they don’t happen very often. There has been only one recorded impact for the city of Karachi. Therefore, do not be scared of going to beach. Just be careful and head home if an earthquake strikes.

Shahrukh Ghanchi

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