If you live in a low-lying area make yourself familiar with the quickest way to get to higher ground. Make sure all family members know the evacuation plan. If you are close to the sea and the water retreats or pulls back by an abnormal amount, move to high ground at once. Visit the Tsunami Safety pages for more information.

Absolutely not! Tsunami waves cannot be surfed. Tsunamis are an extremely dangerous phenomenon that should be avoided at all times. Aside from a tsunami’s tremendous destructive power, there is a large amount of seafloor material (mud and sediment) in a tsunami unlike normal ocean waves comprised mostly of water. This makes them very dangerous for surfing.