Helpful Information

Web Sites:

Civil Defence Whanganui


Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

GNS Science


Important Note:

If you are at the coast and experience any of the following:

  • Feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
  • See a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • Hear loud and unusual noises from the sea

Move immediately to the nearest high ground, or as far inland as you can. Walk or bike if possible.

Do not wait for official warnings

For a local source tsunami which could arrive in minutes, there won't be time for an official warning. It is important to recognise the natural warning signs and act quickly.


Official warnings
Official warnings are only possible for distant and regional source tsunami. Official warnings are disseminated by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and will identify by colour which areas need to evacuate by identified risk. These colours are standardised nationally to red, orange and yellow. The yellow zone is farthest inland or in elevation and is also the area that should evacuate in the event of the natural warning signs.

Once evacuated, wait for the all clear from Emergency Services before returning home.

Further information is available at

Tsunami Evacuation Zones

This interactive map shows evacuation zones during a tsunami. It DOES NOT show the inundation zone (actual area that would be affected in the event of a tsunami).

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