If you feel an earthquake long or strong, get gone – don’t wait for official warnings!
This means you must immediately evacuate all tsunami evacuation zones if there’s an earthquake that either:
- lasts a minute or longer
- is so strong you can’t stand.
It's vital for everyone in Kāpiti to know if they live, work or play in a tsunami evacuation zone. Kāpiti has three evacuation zones: red, orange and yellow.
If there's a long or strong earthquake, evacuate all zones immediately without waiting for official warnings.
If you’re not in an evacuation zone and there's a long or strong earthquake, stay put. This will help people who are in the zones evacuate quickly.
Knowing your zone is important when there’s time for official warnings, too – it's possible that for regional- and distant-source tsunami some zones won't be evacuated.
The red zone in Kāpiti is the beach and sand dunes. This is the highest risk area and the first place people should evacuate from if there’s any tsunami risk.
The orange zone is the dune area by the beach, and the nearby streets. It is likely to be evacuated during official warnings and evacuations.
The yellow zone runs 200 to 300 metres inland from the beach, and includes low-lying areas close to rivers. The highest risk for this zone is from a local-source tsunami generated by a long or strong earthquake.
From time to time, tsunami evacuation maps are updated with the latest scientific information. It's important to check regularly to make sure your zone hasn't changed. If maps are updated, we'll push out information to let everyone know. You should also be familiar with the information in the Kāpiti tsunami evacuation brochure [PDF 5.77 MB].
You can type your address in the tsunami evacuation zone finder to check if you might need to evacuate.
- you’re living in a zone if your property shows up red, orange or yellow
- zoom out to see if there’s a zone close by, as you might be living near one.
- go to Get prepared.
The maps below give details for specific zones and areas:
- Tsunami evacuation zones – Ōtaki [PDF 1.18 MB]
- Tsunami evacuation zones – Te Horo to Peka Peka [PDF 1.47 MB]
- Tsunami evacuation zones – Waikanae [PDF 997 KB]
- Tsunami evacuation zones – Paraparaumu to Raumati [PDF 1.11 MB]
- Tsunami evacuation zones – Raumati South [PDF 1.1 MB]
- Tsunami evacuation zones – Paekākāriki [PDF 471 KB]
- Tsunami evacuation zones – overview [PDF 2.34 MB]
Remember, if there is a long or strong earthquake, evacuate all zones immediately. Do not wait for official warnings, as a tsunami might be only minutes away.
If there are official warnings over the radio or other channels, pay attention to what colour zones are being evacuated. For more information about different types of tsunami and tsunami warnings, see Civil Defence's Tsunami page.
Using these maps
These tsunami evacuation zone maps were updated in 2018 by Greater Wellington Regional Council, working with GNS Science. The purpose of these maps is to identify tsunami evacuation zones, to direct people to head inland and get out of all zones after a long or strong earthquake.
To develop these maps, a wide range of tsunami-generating earthquakes were modelled to depict worst-case scenarios for up to a 1:5,000-year tsunami event, coupled with a high tide. While the modelling used to develop these maps makes them more than just indicative, they do not provide information at the individual property level. This means they should not be used to undertake a tsunami risk assessment on a particular property, which would require further information.
Tsunami assembly areas are large open spaces where people can immediately gather outside of the tsunami evacuation zones. It's important to note that there won't be welfare facilities available.
|Te Horo Community Hall, School Road|
Southwards, Otaihanga Road
Kāpiti Primary School, Rimu Road
|Raumati South Primary School, 54A Matai Road|
|Paekākāriki Primary School, Wellington Road|
Based on expert scientific advice, we don’t have tsunami sirens in Kāpiti, or in the wider Wellington region; you can find out more at WREMO – Sirens.
Remember – long or strong, get gone.