Tuvalu Island Tsunami? (TUVALU TSUNAMI)

by the Left Coast Rebel

British Left Coast Rebel reader Cambridge Lady commented here that she was very concerned about Tuvalu Island being that there is not much higher ground for inhabitants there. Not being familiar with Tuvalu, I pulled this up from Wikipedia:

Tuvalu formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It comprises four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 12,370....
Obviously it would make sense that Tuvala and similar islands could get hit particularly hard by a tsunami being that it is located midway between Hawaii and that, as Cambridge Lady mentioned, there is not much 'higher' ground to flee to. I read that the tiny nation-island averages 6' above sea level. Also, being that it is located halfway to Hawaii, I assume that would put the tsunami at 12 The only advice that I can give is to make sure to check into the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center but when I visited the site, no information for Tuvalu was available.


  1. I typed "Tuvalu Tsunami" into Google this morning and only found this:


    Interestingly your blog entry came up third on the list - how do you get picked up by Google so easily??

    Thanks for the follow up to my comment and the link back.

  2. @ Cambridge - Thanks for the link. I get carried by google because I have a Google rank of 5 and have worked really hard for a year now. Be sure to check out my 'Effective Blogging' series for more on this.

  3. I too am concerned. "The highest elevation is 4.5 metres (15 ft) above sea level."

    I clearly remember the beauty of the atoll and its gentle people and the other two major atolls of the Tuvalu nation: Nukufetau and its capitol, Funafuti.

    I was aboard LST 203 on August 1, 1943, when it foundered on Nonomea's coral reef after three runs from Funafuti carrying Seebees and Marines setting up an airstrip for the invasion of Tarawa. I lived on the atoll for three days until I was evacuated to Tulagi, in the Solomons, for reassignment to LST 395.

    Charles Suber (a.k.a. Chuck Suber)
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    email chuck.suber@gmail.com


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