Thursday, September 29, 2005 10:21:05 AM
A similar tsunami could hit New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland according to an article in The New Zealand Herald of 27 September 2005.
Tsunamis cannot be prevented, but there are means to save lives and reduce material damage.
First of all an early warning system like the one that exists for the Pacific Ocean is of paramount importance, so that people can get to higher grounds and/or away from the coastline/beach in time.
It is however also possible to reduce the possibilities of material damage.
The countries around the Indian Ocean will have to work together on possible solutions.
ASEAN (Association of Southern Asian Nations) has just held its First Joint Disaster Drill After Indian Ocean Tsunami.
On a more local scale ISDR (Institute for Sustainable Development and Research - India) held a National Workshop on Tsunami Rehabilitation, 23-25 September 2005.
Pictures on http://isdronline.com/tsunamiprogramme/firstworkshop.asp show how a compound wall around a house can protect the house against tsunami waves.