Story: Tsunamis

Whakaari (White Island)

Whakaari (White Island)

White Island is an active andesite volcano, about 47 kilometres offshore from Whakatāne. A large, explosive eruption could generate a tsunami, and there would be little warning before this reached the Bay of Plenty coastline.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Tsunamis - Tsunamis – New Zealand’s underrated hazard', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

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