Tsunami & Earthquakes
Twenty-two sirens have been installed along Christchurch’s coastline from Waimairi Beach to Sumner and will be audibly tested for the first time on 22 July 2012. This test is important so residents can identify the sound the sirens make to know when they need to evacuate the coastal area.
If during testing the sirens are reactivated for more than 10 minutes, it will no longer be a test. Residents are advised they will need to evacuate the area.
Sunday 22 July is a good time for all residents along coastal to Christchurch to make sure they have an evacuation plan in place for themselves and their family, as self-evacuation may be necessary in the event of a tsunami. The tsunami warning system is just part of the solution to keep residents safe.
Further testing of the tsunamis will happen twice a year on the Sunday when Daylight Saving begins and ends.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Council's Civil Defence & Emergency Management Manager Murray Sinclair on 941 8852
- International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC)
- Tsunami Information Center
- National Oceanic and Atmpspheric Administration (NOAA)
- Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC)
- Evacuation information for coastal Christchurch
- What is a Tsunami
- Community Resilience to Disasters
- Building Community Resilience in Canterbury
- Tsunami Booklet - ECan
- What are they - NIWA
- Tsunami related information - NIWA
- Tsunami Search information - NIWA
- Guidelines for Design of Structures for Vertical Evacuation from Tsunamis - FEMA
- Vertical Evacuation from Tsunamis: A Guide for Community Officials - FEMA
- NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE)
- Earthquake Booklet - ECan
- Q & A regarding information on Canterbury Earthquakes - ECan
- Investigations reveal previously unknown fault structures in Canterbury Region - NIWA
- Investigations reveal previously unknown fault structures in Canterbury region - CERA
- geotechnical work & liquifaction video - by Dr Jan Kupek on behalf of CERA