According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea result to Tsunamis. The speed of its waves depends on the ocean’s depth more than its distance from the source. A tsunami can travel as fast as jet planes, making it very hazardous.
In Bono Teluk Meranti beach at Pelalawan province, Indonesia, residents were watching over the unnatural behavior of the beach’s waves. An amateur filmmaker recorded the incident not expecting what happened next. Upon realizing its hazard, the residents began to run away back to their homes.
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The people from Bono Teluk Meranti, including the filmmaker, didn’t realize that what they were watching was actually a tsunami. As soon as they did, they began to run and hold onto trees of whatever’s the nearest they could hold tightly.
The waves aggressively reached above the shore causing a flood on the streets near the coast. Luckily, no one recorded any injuries in the said incident.
Red Cross provided safety tips to prepare and do before, during, and after a tsunami. According to them, there are three top tips for people to know:
- To escape, go as high and as far as you can – ideally to a spot 100 feet above sea level or 2 miles away.
- Every foot inland or upward may make a difference!
- If you can see the wave, you are too close for safety.
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Many countries have alarms of signals to alert the citizens if there’s a natural catastrophe coming. But, there are also those who don’t. In some areas, especially third world countries and provinces, residents have a few knowledge when it comes to weather emergency preparedness. This is why it is important to note that if you see anything mother nature is doing unusually, instead of watching or being curious, secure your safety. Remember that it’s always better to be safe now than sorry later.
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