Happy Holidays from GeoNet

Published: Fri Dec 24 2021 7:33 AM

The team at GeoNet would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and to thank you for your support throughout 2021. It’s been another busy year monitoring our geological hazards through the pandemic.

GNS Science’s National Geohazards Monitoring Centre (NGMC) remains staffed and monitoring Aotearoa New Zealand’s Geological hazards 24/7 throughout the holiday period. They are supported by teams of scientists and experts who are on-call should any geological events occur.

Going to the beach?

If you and your family and friends are heading to the beach it’s important to know the local tsunami evacuation zones and where to go.
Your local Civil Defence Group has tsunami evacuation zone maps and regional advice and you can view this here.

Areas with tsunami evacuation zone maps

Areas with tsunami evacuation zone maps

If you are near the coast 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.

Staying at home?

If you have a list of jobs to get done around the house this summer, now is a great time to check out the Earthquake Commissions (EQC) information on how to get your home, apartment, or rental prepared for a natural disaster.

Keeping an eye on earthquakes, volcanoes and news

Details of all earthquakes located in and around New Zealand are available on the GeoNet app within a few minutes of their occurrence. You can also set notifications of earthquakes by proximity to your current location (using your phone’s GPS), or you can set up alerts for multiple locations and earthquake intensities. For our technical users you can view peak ground accelerations (PGA) and velocities (PGV) recorded by our seismograph network on a map.

As well as keeping tabs on the current status of volcanoes in New Zealand, we also send out Volcanic Alert Bulletins to the app to keep you updated on any changes in volcanic activity.

If you don’t yet have the GeoNet app yet you can download it now on your Android and iOS devices:

Google Play for Android

The App Store for Apple


No matter where you are, 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 all types of natural hazards we get in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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

Media contact: 021 574 541 or media@gns.cri.nz