Do you know what to do in the event of a tsunami? Find out what you need to know, how to prepare, what to do when it happens and also what to do after the event.
All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and our entire coastline is at risk of tsunami.
A tsunami is a series of waves caused by movement of the seabed. Tsunami can be caused by underwater earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions, however the largest tsunami are generated by earthquakes. A tsunami wave can grow to become a fast moving wall of water. We cannot predict when one will happen, but we can protect ourselves and our family.
If you are near the coast and experience any of the following, you should evacuate immediately:
Know the natural warning signs of a tsunami.
DO NOT WAIT FOR OFFICIAL WARNINGS!
For a local source tsunami which could arrive in minutes, there won’t be time for an official warning. It is important to recognise the natural warning signs and act quickly.
What can you do to prepare for a Tsunami before you are even at risk?
First of all, find out if you live or work or visit a tsunami evacuation zone by looking at the Bay of Plenty Hazards Viewer.
Just click on the 'Tsunami' tab and zoom into the locations you want to check. If you are going on holiday or visiting the coast, take a few moments to check and see if you are headed into a tsunami evacuation zone.
Now you know where you will be at risk;
Plan and exercise your tsunami evacuation route, especially if you have young children, mobility issues or special needs.
During a Tsunami
If you are at the coast and experience any of the following:
Move immediately to the nearest high ground, or as far inland as you can. Walk or bike if possible.
Remember, the first wave is not always the biggest. Stay away from at risk areas until the all clear is given.
After a Tsunami