World Tsunami Awareness Day

On World Tsunami Awareness Day 2021, the United Nations advocates for a better awareness of the hazard and risk mitigation.

World Tsunami Awareness Day: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on World Tsunami Awareness Day 2021 that rising sea levels caused by the climate catastrophe will aggravate the devastating power of tsunamis. In his statement for the day, he added, “On World Tsunami Awareness Day, we urge on governments, international organisations, and civil society to enhance knowledge about the hazard and share creative measures to decrease risks.”

“We must restrict warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels and invest in the resilience of coastal communities on a large scale,” he said. “Science and international collaboration, as well as readiness and early response,” he continued, “must be at the centre of our efforts to save lives from tsunamis and other calamities.”

The United Nations (UN) declared November 5 to be World Tsunami Awareness Day every year in December 2015, encouraging “countries, international organisations, and civil society to raise awareness about the natural catastrophe and promote creative measures to risk reduction.”

World Tsunami Awareness Day was founded by Japan

World Tsunami Awareness Day was created by Japan, which has built significant competence in tsunami early warning and public response over the years as a result of the country’s “repeated, harsh experience” with the calamity.

“By 2030, it is anticipated that half of the world’s population will live in coastal areas vulnerable to flooding, storms, and tsunamis.” “By 2030, increasing international support to developing nations will help ensure that 100 percent of tsunami-prone populations are prepared for and robust to tsunamis,” according to the UN.

While the United Nations stated that tsunamis are infrequent occurrences, it also stated that in the last 100 years, there have been 58 incidents of the natural catastrophe, with 260,000 people killed, or 4,600 deaths each disaster.

The tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004 was also the worst of them all. According to UN estimates, 227,000 people died in 14 countries bordering the ocean as a result of the disaster. During the 2004 tsunami, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand were among the worst-affected countries.

Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and alien impacts are among the major causes of tsunamis, according to the United Nations. Volcanic eruptions were “quite infrequent” events, whereas alien impacts were “very unusual,” according to the UN.

The world community approved the 10-year Hyogo Framework for Action three weeks after the tsunami of 2004. In addition to the framework, the 15-year Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction was enacted in 2015. According to the UN, it “outlines seven clear aims and four priorities for action to avoid new and decrease current catastrophe risks.”