Tsunami Resources

Tsunami Resources

Tsunami Resources

GeoHazards International strives to improve resilience in communities that face high risk from geophysical hazards. We help vulnerable coastal cities prepare for tsunamis and develop effective tsunami evacuation. Below is a list of tsunami resources developed by GHI and by other organizations.


Walking to Safety

GeoHazards International is working with community leaders in Padang, Indonesia to help prepare the city for a likely tsunami through the construction of elevated parks.


Tsunami Preparedness Guidebook

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Risk Assessment Tools for Diagnosis of Urban Areas against Seismic Disasters (RADIUS)

This document details policy guidance on how to keep children safe at school during natural hazard events. The material is tailored to conditions in the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies.


Tsunami Preparedness Guidebook Companion

This document comprises a chapter-by-chapter companion to GeoHazards International’s Tsunami Preparedness Guidebook.  It lists authoritative resources that provide more information about the topics covered in the Guidebook.


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Tsunami Resources from Other Concerned Organizations

Risk Factors for Mortality and Injury:  Post-Tsunami Epidemiological Findings from Tamil Nadu. 

This study was initiated to identify specific risk factors for mortality and injury with the aim of strengthening the current evidence base on disaster impacts and vulnerabilities. The results suggest that the vulnerability of coastal population could be reduce in a number of ways.


Gender and changes in tsunami-affected villages in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province.

This study discusses the consequences of gender imbalance and a decline in living standards, in terms of cultural values, social roles, access to resources, decision-making, and security. It looks especially at impact on the most vulnerable groups, women and children, and concludes with a list of recommended interventions. 


Impact of the Tsunami on reproductive health..

In this report, M Carballo, et al. summarize a study of the effects of the December 2004 on female vulnerability, pregnancy, fertility, sexual violence, and STDs. It concludes that increased attention needs to be given to reproductive health after events such as tsunamis.


How Women Were Affected by the Tsunami: A Perspective from Oxfam.

This article summarizes why women are more impacted by men when poor areas are hit by tsunamis. 


Who died as a result of the tsunami? – Risk factors of mortality among internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka: a retrospective cohort analysis.

Nobuyuki Nishikiori, et al. describe the mortality and related risk factors which affected the displaced population over a period of two and a half months after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in an eastern coastal district of Sri Lanka.


Women and the 2011 East Japan Disaster.

In this article, Fumie Saito describes the gender issues that have emerged after the earthquake and tsunami that hit East Japan in March 2011, and how the government and society responded to these issues. The gender issues that emerged were not new; rather, they repeated what had already happened following earlier emergencies in Japan, indicating a failure on the part of the government to integrate a gender perspective into emergency planning and response, and ongoing gender inequality in Japanese society.


Assessment of nutritional status of children under five years of age, pregnant women, and lactating women living in relief camps after the tsunami in Sri Lanka. R. Jayatissa, A. Bekele, C. L. Piyasena,and S. Mahamithawa assessed the nutritional status of children under five years of age, pregnant women, and lactating women residing in 40 relief camps after the December 2004 tsunami.


They found that the prevalence of both acute and chronic undernutrition among children in the camps is significantly higher than the national Sri Lankan average. They concluded that there is a need to establish nutritional surveillance systems to monitor the nutritional status of displaced and nondisplaced children and mothers.