Everyone remembers the Dec 26, 2004 Tsunami that hit the coasts of many countries such as Indonesia and Thailand, which caused approximately 230000 deaths, with great loss to families of loved ones killed and damage done to property.
Coastal areas around the world have the potential to be struck by theses devastating waves. If you live along a coastal area, prepare yourself in the event a tsunami occurs.
Tsunamis may also occur in lakes. It all depends on what provoked the displacement of water. There are several things that may cause a tsunami, such as earthquakes, submarine volcanic eruptions, submarine landslides and meteor impacts.
If you are near a large body of water of anykind you should prepare just in case. This isn't being paranoid, but prudent. The odds may not be great that it will happen in your region, but you never know. They say that traveling by airplane is safer than traveling by car, yet plane crashes do happen. There are no real guarantees, so prepare.
Here are some links to help you get some information on tsunamis and how they occur.
1. Wikipedia – 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
The following information is from the Get Prepared site of the Government of Canada.
For more information on Tsunamis
Oceans and Fisheries - Tsunamis and Tsunamis Research
Tsunamis are a series of large waves that strike coastal areas. They can happen with little warning and result in flooding and damage to coastal communities. Thankfully, they are a rare event. Storm surges are more common. Residents, particularly those living in low-lying areas near the coastline, should prepare in advance.
If you have any questions or need to know more about evacuation procedures, contact your local emergency management organization, or police or fire department.