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Pacific Disaster Center Celebrates Tsunami Awareness Month

April 1, 2003

On Apr 1, 1946 an Aleutian Island earthquake, magnitude-7.8, generated a tsunami that swept through the Hawaiian Islands and killed 159 residents. It is because of this tsunami event that Hawaii celebrates Apr as Tsunami Awareness Month. Each year in Apr we are reminded of the power and devastation that can be associated with a tsunami hazard and we ask that Hawaiian citizens be aware of this potential danger. PDC's website links you to information associated to Tsunami Terminology, Cause, Characteristics, Definition, Recorded Wave Heights, Family Preparedness Measures, Tsunami Model and Simulation examples, and other Tsunami Sources. In addition, take some time to Test Your Tsunami Knowledge by taking the Tsunami Quiz.

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To keep yourself up-to-the-minute about hazards and disasters:

For the latest Weather and Disaster News, use the PDC Weather Wall.

While you are thinking of hazards, think of preparedness. PDC provides disaster preparedness information, including printable instructions for assembling a Disaster Supply Kit and rehearsing a Family Disaster Plan.

For more information on DisasterAWARETM products:

  • For details, see the Training Guide for Web-accessible Disaster Alert,
  • Read and understand more about custom versions, such as DMRS and VinAWARE,
  • Watch the ASEAN DMRS video on YouTube.

About PDC:

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.