About the Website

This website provides materials about Makran tsunami hazards. Most of the materials were obtained under a United Nations project in 2012-2014.

The project’s main product is a booklet that contains testimony from eyewitnesses to the 1945 Makran tsunami. This booklet, “Remembering the 1945 Makran tsunami — Interviews with survivors besides the Arabian Sea,” is available online at this link. In addition, an easily downloaded version of the booklet can be found here.

The website complements the booklet by providing metadata on the interviews and scans of written records that include period maps and newspapers.

These materials are intended for use in risk assessments and awareness campaigns. It is hoped that the information will help save lives during future tsunamis on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

About the Project

Most of the materials were gathered by volunteer teams in (listed alphabetically) India, Iran, Oman, and Pakistan.

The teams collaborated under a project called “Communicating the effects of the 1945 Makran tsunami to increase awareness and preparedness of tsunami hazards in the Makran region.” This project was funded primarily by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and was administered by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

A brief overview of the project was published in 2014 in a geophysical newsletter.