Less than 6 hours ago, Papua New Guinea and Bali were rattled by a 6.0-magnitude earthquakes. According to official news portals, there were 3 casualties so far, with no signs of tsunami treat from the quake.
With natural disasters being so prominent recently, although we live in a safe area such as Malaysia, our neighbours aren’t as lucky, being hit by multiple natural disasters a year which sometimes will affect us Malaysians, just like what happened to Penang the day after Christmas back in 2004.
So, how can we stay stay safe should we have a tsunami crisis to handle?
1. Be informed!
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You know the old saying, prevention is better than cure? Same context here! Do some research into the places you’re going to be traveling to, did it have a tsunami situation? Was it a coastal region hit by earthquakes before? Learn about the potential risks of the area before taking measures to ensure that you and your family or friends will be safe.
2. Be alert!
To increase your chances of survival, remember to be alert at all times and on the lookout for the signs of an incoming tsunami, such as a quick rise or fall in the waters. If the ocean suddenly starts to come at you quickly, or runs away from you. It’s time to be concerned as that is a major warning sign that there is about to be a tsunami.
3. Trust your animal friends
Animals have been on earth for much long than us humans and that might have had an effect on their senses. So usually right before a natural disaster strikes, animals tend to act really oddly attributed to a sudden change in behaviour such as trying to run off somewhere, getting really jumpy and scared. Keep an eye out for animal behaviours as they’re trying to stay safe too.
4. Take Shelter
Heed government warnings! If you are told to leave a certain area due to warnings of a tsunami, please do not risk it! Grab your essentials and head inland and if possible higher ground. If you find yourself unable to move inland then find a sturdy building and get as high as you can although this is not ideal as the building itself may collapse. If you’re unfortunate enough to get caught out in the open, climb a tall sturdy tree as the taller the tree, the stronger its roots. Finally if you’re unfortunate enough to get caught up in the water, grab something that floats such as doors, large tree branches and try to make it out of the water as its dirty and there might be animals in the water.
It’s important to realise that surviving a tsunami doesn’t only mean surviving the initial waves, it is also rebuilding your life post tsunami as there will be destroyed homes, damaged goods, and dead bodies as well. It is important to remain strong and help rebuild your community with the basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. If no help has been offered by your government, band together with your neighbours and start the process.
Natural disasters are a sad part of life, but we can all do our part to be better prepared and better informed to protect not only ourselves but the people around us from the dangers of the natural world, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and may those affected have a swift recovery.
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