What Should I Know About a Tsunami?
- They have nothing to do with the tides or the weather and act differently from ordinary waves.
- They can move through the ocean at intense speeds and be scarcely noticeable, even when passing under a boat.
- The first wave of a tsunami is often not the largest; others may follow for a period of several hours.
- Their danger lies in shallow waters, near shore.
- Heights of the waves increase as the tsunami runs into river and coastal channels.
Types of Tsunami Alerts
Flood wave possible
Full evacuation suggested
Strong currents likely
Stay away from the shore
Danger level not yet known
Stay alert for more information
Minor waves at most
No action suggested
Tidal gauges show no wave activity
Confirm safety of local areas
How Can I Prepare Myself For a Tsunami?
- Sign up for Saanich Peninsula Alert to ensure you receive critical alerts during an emergency. Information regarding sheltering in place or evacuation instructions would be delivered over Saanich Peninsula Alert.
- Create emergency kits for the purpose of sheltering in place, and grab-and-go in the event of an evacuation
- Make a plan that includes designated meeting places and emergency contacts.