Talking tsunamis in Japan

An Orewa College student spoke in Japan last month about the New Zealand experience of natural disasters and tsunamis.

Year 13 student Costa Owens, of Hatfields Beach, was this year’s representative from the college to the Asian-Pacific Youth Summit. Twenty countries from the region attended the summit, which took place in Wakayama, Japan from July 24-29.

Costa says one of the main things he became aware of while researching the topic he was given of Natural Disasters and Tsunamis was how under prepared Aucklanders are.

His online survey brought in 145 responses and the general consensus was that people are not very aware of the risks, or prepared for any potential disasters. Most Hibiscus Coast residents in the survey noted tsunamis as the biggest risk.

Costa’s presentation also covered major disasters in New Zealand, including the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes. Because a few of the Pacific Island countries are not represented at the summit, he also included information about how New Zealand helps when those countries have a disaster, such as a cyclone.


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