Kids asked and our experts answered.

Published: Fri Dec 31 2021 2:55 PM

In October we asked kiwi kids to send in their questions about volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides, and our experts answered. Today we share the videos answering tsunami questions.

The videos answer questions from our younger science fans though we think the videos can help children and adults alike learn more about the hazards we all face here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We start with Kayley, 5, who asked What is a tsunami, is it just a big wave?

Felix, 5, asks why are tsunamis so dangerous?

Julian, 10, wanted to know how earthquakes cause tsunami?

Jack, 11, asked how can you tell a tsunami is coming?

Keep an eye out for the rest of our ‘Ask an Expert – Kids’ video series, with earthquake, volcano and landslide questions, coming out soon.

Remember in an earthquake to Drop, Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold

And if you feel a Long or Strong earthquake, or receive an emergency mobile alert for a tsunami, Get Gone to higher ground, or as far inland as possible immediately. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have a great website with information on what to do before, during and after an earthquake. The Earthquake Commission (EQC) also have helpful information on how to get your home, apartment, or rental prepared for a natural disaster.


As always, the GeoNet project and our monitoring capability would not be possible without the support of our partners EQC, LINZ, MBIE, and NEMA.

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