The Tasmanian coastline has been affected by a number of tsunamis over the past 200 years but these have generally been too small to be noticed. In recent years, a tsunami did cause a small amount of flooding.
We work closely with Tasmania Police and the Bureau of Meteorology to make sure plans are in place and warnings are given to communities if needed.
You can take these steps to be prepared:
- If you live on or regularly visit the coast, get to know the tsunami history and the flood prone areas of your community.
- Know the nearest high ground and the safest way to get to it.
- Keep your family emergency kit up to date and know where it is.
- Take notice of the natural warnings of an impending tsunami – earthquake, rumbling or sudden changes in the behaviour of coastal seas can all be signs of an approaching tsunami.