Sunday, December 4, 2016

Japan 2016 - Establishment of World Tsunami Awarness Day

ISSUE DATE: 4 November 2016
STAMP SIZE:35.5 x 25 mm / 35.5 x 28 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Kaifuchi Junko

Tsunamis are rare. But they can be extremely deadly. In the past 100 years, more than 260,000 people have perished in 58 separate tsunamis. At an average of 4,600 deaths per disaster, the toll has surpassed any other natural hazard. Such a stark impact isn't inevitable, however. Early warning systems can save lives. Equally important is community and individual understanding about how and where to evacuate before a wave strikes. Tsunamis know no borders, making international cooperation key for deeper political and public understanding of risk reduction measures. As a result, the UN General Assembly has made 5 November into World Tsunami Awareness Day, with the first edition being held this year.

Video, graphic and description thanks to The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Stamp images thanks to Japan Post

Hongkong Post Stamps