Story: Tsunamis

Gisborne Harbour flooded

The surges of the May 1960 Chile tsunami flooded Gisborne Harbour, and did widespread damage around the surrounding coast.

Don Ross, harbour master at Whitianga, describes the effects of the tsunami.

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Tsunamis - 20th-century and recent tsunamis', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/6236/gisborne-harbour-flooded (accessed 24 April 2019)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017