EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

How the 2004 tsunami made Kenya brace for next wave

Monitoring sea levels and sharing data enables timely alerts and evacuation

In Summary

• Tide gauge stations in Lamu and Mombasa record the slightest change in water levels

• The data can be used to confirm or cancel a tsunami warning throughout the region

When the deadliest tsunami in history swept halfway around the world from Asia to East Africa on Boxing Day in 2004, the government of Kenya issued an alert, instructing people to vacate the beaches ...

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