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Surviving the Tsunami

The Secret of Success (SOS) Program is setup to help students succeed in college. More than 50 workshops on various topics are conducted each semester and more throughout the summer.

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Viewing PBS NOVA Video and Discussion on Tsunami

April is Tsunami Awareness Month To raise awareness on tsunami hazards and threats in the Pacific region.

“On 1 April 1946, the Aleutian Islands tsunami killed 159 people on Hawaii and five in Alaska (the lighthouse keepers at the Scotch Cap Light in the Aleutians).

The wave reached Kauai, Hawaii 4.5 hours after the quake, and Hilo, Hawaii 4.9 hours later. The residents of these islands were caught completely off-guard by the onset of the tsunami due to the inability to transmit any warnings from the destroyed posts at Scotch Cap Light on Unimak Island in Alaska.

The tsunami is known as the April Fools Day Tsunami in Hawaii because it happened on April 1 and many people thought it to be an April Fool’s Day prank.

It resulted in the creation of a tsunami warning system Known as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), established in 1949 for Oceania countries.”

Presenter:  Nasir Gazdar (Geology Instructor)

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