Story: Tsunamis

Evacuation in Whakatāne

On 26 May 1960, three days after a tsunami from an earthquake in Chile caused damage along the New Zealand coast, a radio message warned that a tsunami from a major aftershock of that earthquake was about to hit the coast. These cars are jamming Hillcrest Road on the hillside above Whakatāne, after the evacuation.

Don Ross, harbour master at Whitianga, recalls the problems of evacuating Whitianga.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Tsunamis - Living with tsunami hazards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

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