Where and when do tsunamis occur?
Tsunamis can inflict severe damage to property and pose a threat to life in coastal communities. Although most people imagine a tsunami as a large, steep wave breaking on the shore, tsunamis generally appear as an advancing tide without a developed wave face and produce rapid flooding of beaches open to the ocean, low-lying coastal areas, bay entrances or tidal flats, and the shores of coastal rivers. Tsunamis can occur at any time of the day or night, under any and all weather conditions, and in all seasons.

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1. What is a tsunami?
2. Where and when do tsunamis occur?
3. How do I know when to evacuate?
4. Where do I evacuate?
5. How do I get to inland or to high ground?
6. What should I do if an earthquake occurs while at the coast?
7. What can I do to protect myself from a tsunami?