All Tsunamis are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike. Damaging Tsunamis, like that which occurred in Asia in December 2004, are very rare. While our coastlines are vulnerable, tsunamis are infrequent. Understand the hazard and learn how to protect yourself, but don’t let the threat of Tsunamis ruin your enjoyment of the beach.
At the moment there is no Tsunami warning system for St. Kitts and Nevis. You must, therefore, take time to become familiarized with the warning signs.
An Earthquake is a natural Tsunami warning. If you feel a strong quake do not stay in a place where you are exposed to a Tsunami, such as at the beach or if you live along the coastline. If you hear of an earthquake be aware of the possibility of a Tsunami and listen to the relevant local authority (NEMA) for additional information. Remember that an Earthquake can trigger killer waves thousands of miles across the ocean many hours after the event generated a Tsunami.
Witnesses have reported that an approaching Tsunami is sometimes preceded by a noticeable fall or rise in the water level. If you see the ocean receding unusually rapidly or far it’s a good sign that a big wave is on its way. Go to high ground immediately.