After a fair amount of public education on being prepared at home 'Get Ready Get Thru', which has been great, lots of kiwis are now aware of the risks around them and have supplies at home to get through a disaster. But what about when you are on holiday?
|Evacuation route signage|
|Information on the fridge|
You can find this information at local councils, the Greater Wellington tsunami evacuation zone maps are here
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) is responsible for official tsunami notifications in New Zealand. You can read more on what to do before / during / after a Tsunami from MCDEM here. They also have some good info on what to put in your emergency survival and getaway kits here.
GeoNet has tsunami gauge network around NZ which consists of pressure sensors with the capability to measure rapid sea level changes, either confirming or ruling out the passage of a tsunami. You can see their output here
Our seismograph network includes long-period seismic sensors which are able to detect potential tsunami-generating earthquakes occurring off the New Zealand coast. Analysis of the seismic waves can determine whether the event is likely to have disturbed the sea floor and caused a tsunami, allowing warnings to be issued by civil agencies. Such warnings will frequently come too late for people on the affected coast, but they will still be timely alerts for the initiation of any emergency response. So its important to know the warning signs and get yourself to higherground!
Worldwide Tsunami Monitoring PTWC
|The beautiful Castlepoint beach|