Story: Tsunamis

Whakaari (White Island)

Whakaari (White Island)

White Island is an active andesite volcano, about 47 kilometres offshore from Whakatāne. A large, explosive eruption could generate a tsunami, and there would be little warning before it reached the Bay of Plenty coastline.

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Photograph by Simon Nathan

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Willem de Lange and Eileen McSaveney, 'Tsunamis - Tsunamis – New Zealand’s underrated hazard', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6212/whakaari-white-island (accessed 29 March 2017)

Story by Willem de Lange and Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006