Story: Tsunamis

Turihaua Point, 1947 (1st of 2)

Turihaua Point, 1947

A locally generated tsunami near Gisborne on 26 March 1947 caused widespread damage along the coast. This is all that remained of a four-roomed house at Turihaua Point that filled head-high with water. Seaweed was left hanging in the powerlines in the background.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Tsunamis - 20th-century and recent tsunamis', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

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