Story: Tsunamis

Landslide, Fiordland

Landslide, Fiordland

First an earthquake, then a landslide, then a tsunami. This progression occurred on 22 August 2003 in Fiordland. The landslide shown here produced a wave that affected areas 4 to 5 metres above sea level in Charles Sound. The area is almost uninhabited, but a wharf and helipad were damaged.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Tsunamis - Tsunamis – New Zealand’s underrated hazard', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2017