Tsunami awareness and preparedness on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island

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Dhellemmes, A.; Leonard, G.S.; Johnston, D.M. 2016 Tsunami awareness and preparedness on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2016/20 v, 81 p.

Abstract: A major tsunami impacting New Zealand could cause thousands of fatalities along the East coast of the North Island. The Hikurangi subduction zone located off the East Coast is the boundary between the Pacific and the Australian tectonic plates. A major earthquake along this subduction zone could to trigger a local tsunami that could hit the coast within minutes. In June 2015, a survey was undertaken by a collaborative effort between GNS Science and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University (JCDR). The goal was to investigate the public’s understanding of the risk they are exposed to and their preparedness for a tsunami on the East coast of the North Island. The survey focussed mainly on tsunami risk awareness, preparedness and evacuation intentions in case of a major event. This report presents the tabulated results of this survey. (auth)