Tsunami threat for parts of New South Wales
PARTS of the New South Wales coastline could be threatened by waves of up to 2.6m according to new research by the University of Queensland.
A new study suggests an earthquake to the south-east of Australia could produce "waves more than 1.5m high along the coasts of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, and more than 2.6m high in areas close to Sydney, Maria Island and Gabo Island".
Associate Professor Huilin Xing said it would take more than two hours for the waves to strike, giving coast-dwellers plenty of time to evacuate if the alarm was raised.
"Having reliable warning systems and well-planned evacuations will help avoid unnecessary delays," he said.
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The research published in Pure and Applied Geophysics found Queensland's coastline to be "less vulnerable" to these threats.
Associate Professor Xing said he would continue his research to better predict tsunami events and develop more accurate warning systems.
"In terms of numbers of earthquakes, the Australia-Pacific plate boundary is one of the most active in the world," he said.
"Understanding and predicting earthquake and tsunami events in this region is crucial for making reliable predictions and warnings."