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In Case Of Tsunami

Updated on June 10, 2014
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

We were driving a major roadway through the San Juan, Puerto Rico area just a couple weeks ago and I just had to pull over and take the picture above. I don't know if Puerto Rico emergency management realizes the oxymoron they created. I had to laugh, but when I really consider the whole thing, it's not a laughing matter.

We were just a few blocks from the coast and there is always a possibility of a tsunami. Puerto Rico has put these signs up everywhere near coastlines for escape routes in case of a tsunami. I commend them for doing so, but if you look very close, they have tsunami evacuees going against a one way road. What happens if an emergency vehicle like an ambulance or police car needs to reach a victim near the coast? Who will win? The one going the right way on the one way or the ones trying to escape a tsunami?

I hope that emergency management is thinking with a level head when making evacuation procedures. I thank God that we live on a mountain inland from the coast.

Tsunami Causes

A tsunami essentially is a huge tidal wave.

So what causes a tsunami? The biggest cause are earthquakes. The earthquakes on the floor of the ocean will cause all the water to move violently and will turn it into a tidal wave. The damage a huge wave can do is amazing. Try diving off a high-board in a belly flop and feel the pain. Hitting water with a large surface can be like hitting a brick wall.

Lately, there have been many earthquakes off the coast of Puerto Rico. Just below is a map from the U.S.G.S. and shows recent earthquakes. Yellow marks are ones for this week and blue are ones today. The bigger the square, the bigger earthquake. These are all small, but one big one could easily cause a tsunami.

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Be Prepared

If you live near a coastline, you should be prepared for a tsunami. Have a plan of evacuation and go through it making sure it is the best route. Be ready to go inland and if possible, to higher ground. The steps to follow in case of tsunami or a warning of one is:

  • Protect yourself from the earthquake first. Drop and cover.
  • After the earthquake ceases, grab your survival supplies.(water, food, flashlight, matches, changes of clothes, etc...) and start going through your evacuation route.
  • Do not return until you know it is safe and still be careful, buildings and other structures could be quite weak.

Natural disasters are always something to be prepared for.

I am posting the following link that tells you everything to do and be prepared for.

Don't take this lightly! The map above shows that earthquakes happen on the ocean floor a lot and one big one can cause a tsunami.

I am also putting a raw video of a tsunami. It can kill, maim and destroy. Notice the two people who were swept away towards the start of the video. Don't take chances; please!


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      Unknown 

      5 years ago

      the New Madrid fault line is the 2004 Tsunami

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks honey and for catching my missing y too

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Awww you are such a nice hubber trying to protect us with good advices. Hope this reach whoever planned the emergency plan.

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