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Get Tsunami Ready


All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when one will happen, but we can protect ourselves and our family.

Tsunami can come from different sources.

A distant source tsunami, like one generated from Chile, could take 14 hours or more to arrive. A regional source tsunami, like one generated from the Southwest Pacific, could take between one and three hours to arrive. In these cases we will have time to issue official warning messages.

A local source tsunami generated from an earthquake close to New Zealand, can arrive at New Zealand coastal areas within minutes.

In this case, official warnings are unlikely to be issued before damaging waves arrive, so people in coastal areas need to take immediate action – if you feel an earthquake that makes it hard to stand, or lasts more than a minute – move immediately to higher ground or as far inland as possible.


Tsunami Public Alert System


The Hurunui District has two Public Alert Sirens these are located in the beach settlements of Amberley & Leithfield Beaches. Both sirens are tested twice yearly. 

The next test will be;

Three short blasts . . . for five minutes