Although at 7.9M, a truly large and destructive Pacific-wide tsunami seems unlikely, some smaller tsunami waves may be traveling away from the epicenter of this morning's quake and strong aftershocks are always possible in the hours and days ahead.
Coastal residents in areas likely to be affected need to monitor this situation closely.The map (above) tweeted by NWS Tsunami Alerts provides approximate arrival times. You can access current Tsunami warnings and arrival times at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
While you may think it unlikely that a tsunami will affect you or your region - this is just one of many potential hazards that may threaten you and your community - and they all require similar preparedness steps.
Knowing your local threats, whether they be tsunamis, forest fires, floods, earthquakes or hurricanes . . . and then becoming prepared to deal with them, will provide you and your family the best safety insurance available.As far as what to do before a tsunami threatens, READY.GOV has a Tsunami Awareness Page with helpful hints.
Everyone - regardless of where they live - needs an appropriate disaster plan, just as everyone should have a good first aid kit, a `bug-out bag’, and sufficient emergency supplies to last a bare minimum of 72 hours.
As the graphic above from NOAA advises, people should consider maintaining a 2-week supply of supplies in their home. A topic I address in When 72 Hours Isn’t Enough.To become better prepared as an individual, family, business owner, or community to deal with all types of disasters, I would invite you to visit the following preparedness sites.
AMERICAN RED CROSS http://www.redcross.org/