Living in Humboldt County makes us very familiar with earthquakes, but I think many of us forget the risk of Tsunamis.
Tsunamis are large ocean waves generated by major earthquakes beneath the ocean floor or major landslides into the ocean. Rising to several feet or higher, they can strike the coast with devastating force. Residents in Humboldt County that live near Oceans, Bays, Estuaries and Rivers, need to be aware that a tsunami could arrive within minutes of a severe earthquake – and the danger period can continue for many hours. Tsunamis can occur any time of year, day or night.
Here are a few tips from the Red Cross:
- To escape a tsunami, go as high and as far as you can – ideally to a spot 100 feet above sea level or 2 miles away.
- Every foot inland or upward may make a difference!
- If you can see the wave, you are too close for safety.
Know the difference!
- A Tsunami WARNING means a tsunami may have been generated and could be close to your area.
- A Tsunami WATCH means a tsunami has not yet been verified but could exist and may be as little as an hour away.
Above all, have an evacuation plan ready in advance. Find a safe space on higher ground and communicate with family members! If SERVPRO OF EUREKA can help you prepare, give us a call! 707-445-0900.