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Table 6: Tsunami Dangers: Part 1 - Near Rivers and Beaches
Facts
Message Source
The beach, harbors, the bay, and river mouths are at greatest risk. Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group
Tsunamis can travel up rivers and streams that lead to the ocean. Tsunami -- The Great Waves (English -- 2005) IOC-ITIC-NOAA
Tsunamis can travel up rivers and streams from the ocean. Tsunami -- The Great Waves (English -- 2012) IOC-ITIC-NOAA
Beaches, lagoons, bays, estuaries, tidal flats and river mouths are the most dangerous places to be. It is rare for a tsunami to penetrate more than a mile inland. Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country (S. Cal. 2011) Earthquake Country Alliance
Beaches and low lying areas close to the coast such as lagoons, bays and river mouths are at greatest risk. How to Survive a Tsunami Del Norte County (2009) Humboldt Earthquake Education Center
If a major earthquake or landslide occurs close to shore, the first wave in a series could reach the beach in a few minutes, even before a warning is issued. Ready.gov (2013) FEMA
If a major earthquake is felt, a tsunami could reach the beach in a few minutes, even before a warning is issued. Tsunami Fact Sheet -- Charleston County, SC
Tsunamis can travel upstream in coastal estuaries and rivers, with damaging waves extending farther inland than the immediate coast.Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages (2007)
Safety Messages
Message Source
If you are on the beach and feel an earthquake, no matter how small, move inland or to high ground immediately. Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group
People on the beach or in low coastal areas need to be aware that a tsunami could arrive within minutes after a severe earthquake. Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group
If you are on the shore and in low coastal areas, you should know that a tsunami could arrive within minutes after the earth shakes. Tsunami Awareness and Safety Fact Sheet (TAW-2011)
If you are at the beach or near the ocean and you feel the earth shake, move immediately to higher ground. DO NOT wait for a tsunami warning to be announced. Stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the ocean as you would stay away from the beach and ocean if there is a tsunami. A regional tsunami from a local earthquake could strike some areas before a tsunami warning could be announced. Tsunami -- The Great Waves (English -- 2005) IOC-ITIC-NOAA
If you are at the beach or near the ocean and you feel the earth shake strongly or for a long time, move immediately to higher ground. DO NOT WAIT for a tsunami warning to be announced. Stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the ocean as you would stay away from the beach and ocean if there is a tsunami. A tsunami from a local earthquake could strike before a tsunami warning can be announced. Tsunami -- The Great Waves (English -- 2012) IOC-ITIC-NOAA
Stay away from bodies of water if a tsunami advisory or watch is issued. If you are at the beach or near the ocean and you feel the earth shake, move immediately inland to higher ground. Maine Emergency Management
Do not wait for a tsunami warning to be issued. Stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the ocean. Tsunami wave action and currents may travel upstream. Maine Emergency Management
Move to higher ground as far inland as possible. Watching a tsunami near the shore is dangerous and it is against the law to remain in an evacuated area. Tsunami Awareness and Safety Fact Sheet (TAW-2011)
Stay away from bodies of water. If you are at the beach or near the ocean, and you feel the earth shake, move immediately inland to higher ground. Do not wait for a tsunami warning to be issued. Stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the ocean due to strong tsunami wave action and currents. Tsunamis -- Guam Homeland Security
Never go down to the beach to watch a tsunami come in. If you can see the wave, you are too close to escape it. Tsunami Fact Sheet -- Charleston County, SC
Watching a tsunami from the beach or cliffs could put you in grave danger. If you can see the wave, you are too close to escape it.Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages (2007)

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