If a tsunami threatens

  • Gisborne Wharf after a tidal surge due to a tsunami

    Gisborne Wharf after a tidal surge due to a tsunami

    Be prepared to evacuate. Listen to your radio for instructions.
  • Leave the area immediately if a strong earthquake strikes and you are close to a beach or near a river
  • Go at least 1 kilometre inland or 35 metres above sea level
  • Take your disaster survival kit and any important documents with you
  • Tsunamis sometimes 'draw up' water before they come inland. If you see the water suddenly retreat (after an earthquake), it is probably a tsunami. Leave the area immediately.
  • DO NOT go to a beach or river to watch the waves come in. If you see the tsunami, it will probably be too late to get to safety.

Watch what kiwi tsunami survivors have to say about it in this video.