Tsunami Public Education

Resources to help prepare New Zealanders for Tsunami.

Resources and social media shareables helping to explain what tsunami are, how they could impact New Zealand and how to prepare in case they happen. Originally produced as part of Exercise Tangaroa 2016 but can be used for any public education, classroom, workplace or community education activity.

On social media, use #TsunamiDay2016 #NZTsunami to talk about tsunami in NZ. Related hashtags also include #EQNZ, #tsunami and #earthquake

World Tsunami Awareness Day - 5 November 

The UN General Assembly has designated Saturday 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day and called on the world to mark it.

World Tsunami Awareness Day is focused on effective education and evacuation drills. It's a chance for all of us to find out more about tsunami and how to prepare for them. 

We're encouraging civil defence emergency management groups, partner agencies and organisations to get involved and promote awareness of the right action to take before, during and after a tsunami. Use the resources and information below and help prepare NZ for a tsunami. 

World Tsunami Awareness Day 2016 Resources


What is a tsunami? (Web version)

Where do tsunami come from? (web version)

How a tsunami happens (web version)

What’s the big deal? (web version)

It happens here…(web version)

How tsunami warnings work (web version)

Types of tsunami warnings (web version)

Tsunami survival (web version)

Social Media Shareables

We've developed a series of facebook and twitter posts that can be shared to help explain tsunami. Each post has an image that goes with it. Take a look! 

Social media content (text and links)

Social media image - what is a tsunami

Social media image - Where do tsunami come from?

Social media image - How a tsunami happens

Social media image - It happens here….

Social media image - informal tsunami warnings

Social media image - official tsunami warnings

Social media image - natural tsunami warnings

Social media image - Tsunami survival before a tsunami

Social media image - Tsunami survival during a tsunami

Social media image - Tsunami survival after a tsunami

Useful Tsunami Materials

What is a Tsunami  – National Emergency Management Agency general resource

Explains the science of Tsunami in detail http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/exercises/Tangaroa/what-is-a-tsunami-fact-sheet.pdf

Tsunami preparedness – National Emergency Management Agency preparedness

Information of tsunami warnings, and advice on what to do before, during and after


Tsunamis in NZ – GNS Science Risk of Tsunamis in NZ

Short summary of NZ’s vulnerability to tsunamis including historical tsunami


Tsunami science - GNS Science general resource

GNS’s accumulation of Tsunami science and research – modelling, monitoring, reports and background


The Tsunami that washed time away –Ministry of Education  teachers resource

Focuses on researching an historic Tsunami in Henderson Bay in Northland