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jer16mia : The "Tsunami Evacuation Zone" signs you see on 101 the coast mark areas low enough to be at risk from tsunami waves - places you want to avoid or get away from in the event of a tsunami. Some communities are also starting to install "evacuation route" signs pointing to higher ground.
If a tsunami is caused by a distant earthquake. you may hear sirens (if you're close to a town) and should have plenty of time - up to several hours - to get to high ground. If you're on the coast and you feel the earth shaking, that's a near-shore quake and could be followed - as it was in Japan today - by tsunami waves within minutes. Move higher as fast as you can, even if it means abandoning your vehicle and climbing the nearest hill.
In either case, the stupid thing to do is to head for the beach to watch the waves come in. Yet people continue to do that every time there's a warning.
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