Many coastal communities around the globe live with the risk of a devastating tsunami. A tsunami is a series of massive waves generated in the ocean usually by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or submarine and coastal landslides, but they can also be caused by the impact of meteorites from outer space. The tragic Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, with a death toll of over 1 million, highlights the extreme effects on people, property and the environment that a tsunami can have. With whole villages and fishing fleets destroyed, the recovery and reconstruction from this event still continues today.

How Natural Hazards New Zealand can help:

We at the Natural Hazards New Zealand (NHNZ) cluster know that tsunami hazard and risk assessment; land-use planning; community awareness; early warning systems; and developing an effective response to warnings can reduce tsunami impacts. As you will see from our tsunami-related projects below, we’re already employed around the globe with this type of planning and preparedness, including several World Bank, Asia Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, NZAid and AusAID-funded initiatives.

If your region does not have tsunami plans in place, or your plans need upgrading, we would like to help.

Click here to view some NHNZ tsunami projects

Natural Hazards Inc. members and their key experts with experience on tsunami:

Brendan Morris Consulting Ltd

Disaster Prepare Limited

GNS Science

Massey University/GNS Science - Joint Centre for Disaster Research

URS New Zealand Ltd