A large tsunami generated very close to the coast of New Zealand would arrive before warning sirens could be activated, a new report has found.
Scientists are warning that anyone close to the coast who feels a strong earthquake which makes it hard to stand up or a small but long earthquake to get to high ground immediately.
The Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management's Review of Tsunami Hazard in New Zealand, released today, is an update of a report on tsunami hazards done in 2005.
It's meant to reinforce the need for the public to understand and be prepared to respond to the threat of a tsunami.
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