NOAA Education

Tsunami Education Resource Kit (TERK)

“Tilly Smith, a 10 year old girl from Oxshott, Surrey, England saved a hundred fellow tourists from the December 26, 2004 tsunami. She urged her family to get off Maikhao beach in Phuket , Thailand after seeing the tide rush out. Her mother and father alerted others to clear the beach. She learned about tsunamis from an earthquake project that her geography teacher, Andrew Kearney, had her complete at Danes Preparatory School.”

Peter Pissierssens
London Times
January 1, 2005

If one 10 year old girl could save a hundred lives, think about how many more lives could have been saved if the residents and tourists were more informed about tsunamis. NOAA has collected these educational resources on tsunamis for use in K-12 classrooms. These brochures, websites, hands-on activities, and visualizations can supplement an existing curricula. A tsunameter will help elementary students visualize the difference between tsunami and tidal waves.
TsunamiReady Education Resource Materials CD

Supplemental Curricula
Websites and NSE Standards
Scientific Publications
Press Releases
Historical Perspective
Hazard Preparedness


Other Tsunami Education Materials
Non-Earthquake Generated Tsunamis
Tsunamis and Native American Legends

TsunamiReady Video CD
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab
Mary Cook: NOAA Teacher at Sea
NOAA Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) Buoy
NOAA Tsunami Warning System