November 07, 2023
Get gone when tsunami strikes
The head of the National Emergency Management Agency says a major tsunami is inevitable, and whānau need to know what to do.
Sunday was World Tsunami Awareness Day, and the agency released a lit of five things people can do to prepare for it.
John Price says an eruption in the Hikurangi subduction zone running in and along the eastern side of the North Island will cause a tsunami – it’s a matter of when, not if.
“The best safety you can do is look after yourself and your whānau. Do not expect the authorities to tell you when to evacuate. If you feel an earthquake, if it’s long, eg it goes for more than a minute, if it’s strong and you find it hard to stand up, then just get gone and get done means find that safety place and it means get gone up,” he says.
People living near the coast need to know their nearest evacuation point, they need to learn the natural warning signs, and they should talk with their whānau about what needs to be done if disaster strikes.
Information is at ww.getready.govt.nz