It is hard to imagine living in Western Australia (WA) that a tsunami could ever impact you and your family and potentially threaten your life.
A tsunami is a series of waves that can travel very fast, across the ocean due to the sudden movement of a large body of water. They are caused by undersea earthquakes, landslides on the sea floor, volcanic eruptions and even asteroid impacts.
While the threat in WA may be less than those experienced in neighbouring countries, our coastline remains particularly vulnerable as we are close to the Java Trench, a very active earthquake area.
The impact of a tsunami may be limited to foreshore areas and local waters as a marine threat or may extend beyond the foreshore and become a land threat.
A tsunami in WA is more likely to cause dangerous rips and currents and travel up river systems and estuaries rather than flood low lying land.
These dangerous rips and currents can last for more than 24 hours and beaches and marinas may be closed for several days.
If you receive an official tsunami warning visit DFES's Alerts and Warnings page, listen to your local radio and television announcements and follow the advice of emergency services.
What is a tsunami?
*A tsunami is different from regular ocean waves in several ways: