Can the mangroves planted on Tuvalu, as encouraged by the Government, be the best response to a disaster such as a tsunami or a hurricane?
What does it really help to be 12 meter above the sea, in a three-story brick house, if a big wave should come our way? Some of the tsunami-waves in 2004 were up to 30 meters high; the wave that hit Japan measured 10 meters. On the small 1,4 square kilometres were the 5000 inhabitants of the capital lives, there are actually no place to hide.
I don’t have experiences with tsunamis, but I have been hearing about stories from the Indian ocean and Samoa in 2009. I pray to God that it wont´ come, she says.
Tsunami warning on Tuvalu! We are in our room in the lodge waiting for more updates from the radio. The police has been driving around making sure that everybody are aware. The warning is 1am in the morning – so in 1,5 hours. Some of the Tuvaluans are a bit stressed out. More updates coming! [...]