The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency cleared New Zealand of a tsunami threat following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake near the Kermadec Islands on Sunday, June 16.
All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami.
Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler says we can’t predict when they will happen, but we can protect ourselves and those we care about.
“Yesterday was a timely reminder to be prepared, if a disaster happened now, would you be ready?
"It's also important that we understand these risks and the impact," says Garry.
Tsunami information open days will be held this week for the west coast of the Coromandel to give our communities an opportunity to learn about tsunami and the potential threat to the Firth of Thames.
The aim of these open days is to create further awareness and also a chance for more community input.
Drop-in to one of the following locations to talk directly with the tsunami experts and emergency managers who have worked on this and other community response plan projects:
• 19 June - Thames Bowling Club, 512 Mackay Street, from 12pm - 2pm
• 19 June - Te Puru Hall, 4 West Crescent from 5pm - 7pm
• 20 June - Coromandel Council Board meeting room, 355 Kapanga Road from 12pm - 2pm
• 20 June - Colville Community Hall, Colville Road from 5pm - 7pm.
The information will be available online prior to the open days if you’re not able to attend. Please visit Waikato Regional Council’s website here to read about the tsunami modelling and assessments, and to look at the maps for your area.
You can also view our community guides to emergencies for other areas here.