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Mayor Wallace and Divisional Manager of Regulatory Services, Geoff Stuart with a map of Tsunami zones.
Mayor Wallace and Divisional Manager of Regulatory Services, Geoff Stuart with a map of Tsunami zones.

Long or strong in Lower Hutt, get gone – past a blue line

Have you seen the blue lines?

Blue Lines are road markings that show the maximum reach of a large tsunami. They also show where you need to get past in such an event.

If an earthquake is long or strong (one that lasts for over a minute or is strong enough to knock you off your feet), get past the Blue Lines immediately. Don’t wait for an official warning – get gone.

Blue line spray painted on the Road in Lower Hutt

Be prepared to stay past the Blue Lines until the official “all clear” is given. There could be more than one wave which may mean you’re away from your home or business for some time which is why being prepared for an emergency is important. For tips on how to get prepared visit getprepared.org.nz

Council, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), and GNS Science have identified major evacuation zones in the event of a tsunami that affects Lower Hutt and this work has been used to identify the location of the Blue Lines.

You can find more information about what the Blue Lines mean and where to go once you get past the Blue Lines on Council’s website huttcity.govt.nz/blue-lines

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