First World Tsunami Awareness Day 2016 Held On 5th November


The very First World Tsunami Awareness Day will be celebrated on 05 November 2016. On this occasion an event will be organised with Disaster Risk Reduction Champions at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction 2016. The Conference will be arranged from 3 to 5 November,  2016. This event will be celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Government of India in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction will organise this event for making people aware.


Sources : Agence France-Presse photo

As far as the significance of this day is concerned. it has more than a century old history. on 5th November 1854 a villager in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, as concerned about an impending tsunami after a high-intensity earthquake. He set up a fire to rice sheaves on the top of a hill. Fellow villagers, who went atop to put off the fire, were saved even as a tsunami destroyed their village down below. This was the first documented example of a tsunami early warning. 

To commemorate that day of “Inamura no Hi” (the burning of rice sheaves), a resolution was jointly proposed by 142 countries including Japan as a follow up of the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nations designated the 5th November as World Tsunami Awareness Day. 

For making people aware matters related to the dangers of tsunami will be unfold and and shall stress on the importance of early warning systems. It also aims at reviving traditional knowledge about tsunamis. 

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