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Tsunami & Earthquakes

Twenty-two sirens have been installed along Christchurch’s coastline from Waimairi Beach to Sumner and will be audibly tested for the first time on 22 July 2012. This test is important so residents can identify the sound the sirens make to know when they need to evacuate the coastal area.

If during testing the sirens are reactivated for more than 10 minutes, it will no longer be a test. Residents are advised they will need to evacuate the area.

Sunday 22 July is a good time for all residents along coastal to Christchurch to make sure they have an evacuation plan in place for themselves and their family, as self-evacuation may be necessary in the event of a tsunami. The tsunami warning system is just part of the solution to keep residents safe.

Further testing of the tsunamis will happen twice a year on the Sunday when Daylight Saving begins and ends.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Council's Civil Defence & Emergency Management Manager Murray Sinclair on 941 8852

Useful links

Tsunami Information for Sumner


Tsunami readiness

What is the Tsunami threat to Sumner? Read ECan's latest 2012 report.