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Understanding earthquake and tsunami risk along the East Coast

3 years ago by Kate Boersen


Communities on the East Coast of the North Island will get the opportunity to find out more their earthquake and tsunami risk from a team of leading scientists.

The scientists from various research institutions (including GNS Science, Massey University, University of Otago, NIWA and University of Canterbury) are here surveying a number of coastal communities around Gisborne, Napier, Hastings and Tararua.

The aim of the survey is for the scientists to learn more about how communities respond to earthquakes and tsunami warnings.

They will be undertaking the surveying between 10 and 18 December to collect information on understanding and preparedness for earthquake and tsunami. The research will be used by New Zealand agencies to help enhance the effectiveness of education programmes, enhance household and community preparedness for earthquakes and tsunami, and help ensure that future tsunami warnings are effective.

This research is being coordinated by East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary), a project which makes it easy and exciting to learn more about natural hazards and how they affect us living on the coast near the Hikurangi plate boundary.

Kate Boersen of East Coast LAB said “Given these scientists will be in these areas, we thought it was opportune to hold information evenings so that communities can come and learn about their earthquake and tsunami risk from leading earthquake & tsunami scientists.”

Four presentations will be delivered by Dr. Kelvin Berryman, GNS Science and Professor David Johnston, GNS Science and Massey University to coastal communities in in Gisborne, Napier, Hastings and Tararua Districts.

“We want to ensure that these communities have the most accurate and update to date information regarding how these hazards can affect them and know to prepare to minimise their risk” says Professor David Johnston of GNS Science/Massey University.

Following the presentations, those that attend will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out anything they want to know relating to earthquakes, tsunami and preparedness.

The Information Evenings are being supported by the Tairawhiti Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and Manawatu-Wanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.