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Maldives Storms, Cyclones, Hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions

Sometimes strong winds and storms can hit Maldives. But the archipelago is not a Hurricane nor a Typhoon region and there are no reports of such in the region known climate history.

Their location near the equator protects them from such events. Luckily, this part of the globe is not conducive to this kind of extreme weathers.

Any Hurricane / Typhoon seasons in Maldives ?

Maldives storm season mostly occur during the rainy season, in June/July and August and sometimes until October / November, depending on the current monsoon and its intensity. However, storms and very strong winds and gusts might happen during the monsoon transition and dry season too.

It is important to remember that it is very unlikely to have hurricanes or typhoons, but rather storms with sometimes very strong winds and fierce gusts that can reach 150 Km/h

Maldives severe Weather - 2 small tornadoes or Water Spouts on the lagoon. 2011 rainy season

Maldives Severe Weather Conditions

Exceptional extreme weather phenomenon during Maldives rainy season : 2 small tornadoes ( Water Spouts ) on the lagoon. A unique photo taken during 2011 rainy season

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Tsunamis in Maldives and is there a season for Tsunamis

There are of course no season for tsunamis, like everywhere else in the world.

Tsunamis are caused by strong earthquakes or land slides, which are both,very unfortunately, totally unpredictable.

Yes, the Maldives have already experienced a Tsunami after the giant 2004 Sumatra earthquake but the islands are not located on a fault or any other geological system at risk known to date.

It's always reassuring to know that Maldives have existed for hundreds of thousands of years and despite numerous earthquakes in the Indian Ocean ( particularly in India area and Indonesia ) as well as a very low height above the sea level, the islands are still standing.

Why Maldives were not destroyed by the 2004 Tsunami ?

Maldives atolls form a natural protection against tsunamis. Their slopes constitute very long submarine walls, which upon the arrival of a tsunami, dramatically reduces the force of the ocean wave.

In 2004, without this natural and vital protection, the Maldives would have probably been completely devastated.

Maldives Tsunamis - Maldives atolls form a natural protection against tsunamis

Atoll reefs, a natural protection against tsunamis

Maldives atolls form a natural protection against tsunamis

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Note : Since the tsunami, some awareness has definitely been raised and preventive measures and actions have been implemented by resorts and islands : warning system for risky areas plus the obligation to provide life jackets in resort rooms. On the top of this, in case of an imminent danger, resorts have planned special procedures in case of evacuation for example.

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2 small tornadoes Water Spouts during Maldives rainy season

Maldives Extreme Weather -  2 small tornadoes ( Water Spouts )

Water Spouts

Tornadoes during Maldives rainy season

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Maldives Stormy weather coming on an island

Maldives Extreme Weather - Stormy weather coming on an island

Storm

Coming Storm

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Maldives Reefs play as a Natural Protection against tsunamis

Maldives Tsunamis - Maldives atolls form a natural protection against tsunamis

Natural Protection

Maldives atolls standing against tsunamis

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Maldives is very low country yet protected against high waves

Maldives are a very low country yet protected against high waves and tsunamis

Low Country

Small waves inside the lagoon

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