Disaster Response Planning: Tsunamis

  • Anastasia Bennett
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_2027-2

Introduction

Tsunamis are the result of a very large ocean wave caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption and are hazards that pose a great threat to life, property, and cultural heritage in coastal regions. As natural disasters cannot be prevented, emergency response plans must focus on preparation, response, and recovery measures to mitigate potential risks at a community-wide level. It is important to note that extreme conditions can overcome even well-planned emergency procedures (Stovel 1998: 75).

Definition

The impacts of tsunami can vary greatly. A small tsunami may result in unusual tides or currents that can be dangerous for swimmers and can cause damage to boats. A large tsunami can cause widespread flooding and destruction to communities and can create strong rips and currents in oceans around the world (Victoria State Emergency Service 2010). Buildings and collections become susceptible to moisture damage, which can weaken and disintegrate structures and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vivian Scheinsohn
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  1. 1.Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano-CONICET / Universidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina