California is subject to a tsunami at any time, whether locally generated or distant. A tsunami is a series of waves that may last for hours, even days, and are typically caused by undersea earthquakes.
The last major tsunami to impact California was from the 2011 9.0-magnitude Tohoku (Japan) earthquake which caused more than $100 million in damage along the California coast, with waves arriving for more than 24 hours.
Fortunately, we can prepare to survive and recover from the next major tsunami. This year, California’s Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 25-29. Everyone, everywhere in California is encouraged to register their participation, get to know their zone, and spread the word.
Participants represent all sectors, such as individuals, families, schools, colleges, businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood groups. The types of tsunami preparedness activities held are diverse and include evacuation drills (“tsunami walks“), warning tests, public lectures, and social media events, or even just checking flood insurance rates, organizing disaster supplies, or testing family or workplace communication plans.
“Taking the time to prepare yourself and your family for disasters, including tsunamis, gives you peace of mind and makes our communities stronger and more resilient,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “We can reduce the number of casualties and loss by taking simple steps now.”
Major public and media events are listed at TsunamiZone.org/calendar. In Long Beach, a “Tsunami Walk” will occur on Saturday, March 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with officials and experts from a variety of local, state, and federal organizations.
TsunamiZone.org/resources — links to educational materials, graphics, and videos for tsunami science and preparedness
TsunamiZone.org/calendar — public and media events listed by county