Text Australian tsunami newsroom guide

TLF ID M012702

This resource is a joint Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and Geoscience Australia media guide PDF designed to assist the media to communicate tsunami warnings to the Australian public. The resource explains the role of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) operated by Geoscience Australia and the Bureau. The resource includes a diagram showing the five categories of threat or warning once an undersea earthquake has been detected: No threat, Watch, Marine warning, Land warning and Cancellation. It includes the timing of each warning type and the action that should be taken by the media. It explains that the Standard Emergency Warning (audio) Signal (SEWS) is played on public media and used to alert communities to the broadcast of urgent safety messages relating to a major emergency or disaster.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for Geographical Knowledge and Understanding, particularly for the content description in year 8 that refers to the causes and impacts of geomorphic hazards. This resource would also be useful for the content description in year 8 Geographical Inquiry and Skills referring to collecting and organising geographical information from secondary sources and evaluating the information for its reliability and usefulness.
  • This is a useful resource that supports the year 6 science curriculum, particularly the content description in Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences about sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions affecting Earth's surface; and the content description in Science as a Human Endeavour about scientific knowledge being used to inform personal and community decisions.
  • The resource can contribute to students attaining those elements of the achievement standard in year 8 geography referring to: describing environmental processes and how they contribute to change in places and environments; and collecting, interpreting and analysing geographical information from secondary sources.
  • The resource can contribute to students attaining those elements of the achievement standard in year 6 science referring to explaining how natural events cause rapid change to the Earth's surface and explaining how scientific knowledge is used in decision making.
Year level

6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • URL: http://www.bom.gov.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Bureau of Meteorology
  • Organization: Bureau of Meteorology
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.bom.gov.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • Text
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