Tsunamis, incorrectly called tidal waves, have been responsible for many millions of dollars in property damage in the coastal areas of the United States and its territories. They present a special hazard to shipping, fishing and recreational craft. Several occurrences of tsunamis are described and it is explained how the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at Ewa Beach near Honolulu, a facility of the U.S. National Weather Service, operates to provide warnings of tsunamis. Near an earthquake epicenter, the shaking of the earth is itself the best warning. For ship's captains, it is a signal to get their ships under power and away from the shore. Turning the bow of the ship toward the wave may save the ship from being capsized by the tsunami, and education on this score becomes an additional defense.

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    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • Lockridge, P A
  • Publication Date: 1988

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  • Accession Number: 00655772
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM