Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) director John Strickland says people need to take heed of tsunami warnings. - 22110401
World Tsunami Awareness Day is today and Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) director John Strickland is calling for people to “take heed” of authorities warning.
putting out an ad campaign on what to do in a tsunami and where the warnings
will come from.
Awareness Day is advocating for reducing tsunami risk globally through
increasing access to early warning systems.
is better than cure,” Strickland said.
tend to think when something happens elsewhere we don’t get effected. That has
been proven wrong, we do face some experiences of these happenings out there
said he was disappointed with people’s past reaction to tsunami warnings. He
said people have gone to look at the ocean instead of getting to high ground.
comply, instead of going to it move to high ground.
already talked about the tsunami warning, we’ve already got all those awareness
programmes, but people are not really following it and people are not taking it
that seriously unfortunately, we need our people to take heed of these things.”
asked people to respect the authorities in change in emergencies and their
He said he
was aware some people thought it was impossible for Rarotonga to get a tsunami
based on deep water surrounding the island but added anything could happen.
“Who are we
to determine that nothing will ever happen,” he said.
generated from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano that erupted underwater
in January caused sea surges that damaged boats moored in Avatiu harbour.
said they monitor earthquakes around the world each day to see if there was a
risk to the Cook Islands.