How to stay safe in a tsunami:
1. Leave quickly - if you feel a long OR strong earthquake, the first tsunami wave may arrive in as little as ten minutes. There is no time for an official warning; you must evacuate out of all tsunami zones as soon as the shaking stops. Every step towards a tsunami safe zone counts. Stay out of the tsunami evacuation zones until officials say you can go back in.
2. Evacuate tsunami zones by foot or bicycle, don't drive - roads may be blocked by debris or a traffic jam. For those who can't walk or cycle, trying to drive out is their only option, and you could be preventing them from evacuating safely. If you need help evacuating or know someone that does, have a conversation with your neighbours about how everyone can get out safely.
3. Evacuating to a higher floor - we recommend evacuating out of all tsunami zones rather than staying in your building. However, some people who are in a high-rise building may decide it is safer to stay there. If you do stay, you need to be on the fifth floor or higher. This is called 'vertical evacuation'. There are several factors to consider, and this is something you and your household or workplace will need to discuss and decide. Read more about vertical evacuation here
4. If you are told to evacuate, follow the evacuation advice. Move immediately.
Don’t go down to the shore
- The first wave to arrive may not be the largest
- Waves may be separated by an hour or more
- Waves may keep coming for many hours