Are You TsunamiSafe?

This summer Surf Life Saving NSW and the NSW State Emergency Service have come together to remind people who live or who are holidaying in coastal areas along the NSW coast to be mindful of the potential risk of tsunami.

The NSW coast has been affected by more than 30 tsunami in the past 200 years. Tsunami Warnings with a marine and immediate foreshore threat are more common on the Australian east coast than those warnings with a land inundation threat and can involve dangerous rips, waves and strong ocean currents that can cause damage to marinas and wash away boats, rock fishermen and swimmers.

NSW SES Acting Commissioner Jim Smith has reminded holidaymakers and people living in coastal communities along the east coast of NSW to be aware of the risk of tsunami.

“While the risk of tsunami on the east coast of Australia is quite low, it still exists and we need to be aware, informed and prepared in case a tsunami does happen. It’s important for people in at risk areas to know what steps to take in the event of a tsunami,” said Mr Smith.

Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent said some people often make the mistake of ignoring warnings and staying in the water or going down to the shoreline to watch a tsunami which can place lives at risk.

“A more common ‘marine threat’ tsunami can cause dangerous rip currents and tidal fluctuations, which can pose a serious risk to swimmers, surfers, rock-fishermen and boaties. If a warning is issued to clear the water and foreshore, it is imperative that the public heeds those warnings,” he said.

Mr Smith added, “If there is a threat of land inundation, move to higher ground at least ten metres above sea level and one kilometre inland from the coast and rivers. Be sure to listen to your local radio station for information, warnings and advice.”

For information on how to become TsunamiSafe visit:

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Beachsafe Tsunami Page and;
NSW SES Tsunami Info Page.

Mon 6 Jan 2014