Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Tsunami Hazard Review a timely reminder for Wellington

Tsunami Hazard Review a timely reminder for Wellington

Today’s release of the ‘Review of Tsunami Hazard in New Zealand’ is a timely reminder for people in the Wellington region to check their vulnerability and ensure they have plans to quickly respond to a threat of tsunami.

Jenny Rowan, Chair of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Committee, has welcomed the review released by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management saying it reinforces many of the messages Wellingtonians have been hearing about earthquakes and tsunami over the past few months.

“We can’t predict when or if a tsunami might hit the Wellington region’s coasts but we can ensure we are prepared,” Ms Rowan says.

“This review shows there has been a change in the hazard potential for a small area of the Wairarapa coast around Castlepoint, increasing the maximum tsunami height risk to 12 plus metres.

“However the evacuation routes and evacuation areas already identified for this part of the coast by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) already covered this level of risk.”

Ms Rowan says it is up to all coastal residents to understand their particular vulnerability to tsunami, and plan their evacuation route to a safe area.

“This is a timely reminder for everyone to check the tsunami threat for their home or business, and have an evacuation plan agreed.

“If people experience an earthquake during which they can’t remain standing or which lasts for over a minute, then they should not wait for a warning but immediately evacuate inland or to higher ground. A tsunami might not be generated but it is better to be safe than sorry.

“In the event of a tsunami created by a large offshore earthquake which we do not feel, we will have more time to alert people to evacuate.”

Ms Rowan says WREMO is currently reviewing the tsunami evacuation procedures in the Wellington region and this latest report will be very useful. WREMO has already arranged a meeting with the author of the report to better understand if changes are required for existing plans.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: "For the second time in a week, international assessments show we have a problem... We need to put more resources into schools in high poverty communities to ensure all kids get the support they need."

New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

 

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news