UN adopted resolution to observe 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day

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Who: World Tsunami Awareness Day
Where: New York, the USA
What: Created by the UN General Assembly
When: 22 December 2015

The United Nations General Assembly on 22 December 2015 adopted a resolution to observe 5 November every year as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

The creation of the day is aimed at raising awareness among people in the world of the dangers of tsunami and stressing the importance of early warning systems in order to mitigate damage.

The proposal was first suggested by the Japanese Government after the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan in March 2015.

Recent occurrences

Japan suffered heavy losses as a result of tsunamis, most recently the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011. It claimed over 15000 lives, disrupted the nuclear power industry and left many thousands homeless.

On 26 December 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami claimed some 230000 lives which had its epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It affected lives and the natural environment in six countries in the region including India, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Thailand and Maldives.