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Written by Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd   
Wednesday, 28 December 2005
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd
28 February 2005
A tsunami similar to the December 2004 Indian Ocean disaster would devastate many coastal parts of New Zealand and overwhelm civil defence, according to Hugh Cowan who led a team to Thailand. The scale of damage has prompted re-evaluation of tsunami hazards in New Zealand.

The Coromandel township of Pauanui (above) is one of many low-lying ocean beach communities along the east coast of the North Island, that are right in the path of a potential tsunami. It is built on a large sand dune which forms a harbour.
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