The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for tsunami in Victoria, which means that we are responsible for planning for tsunami and for managing response if a tsunami does occur.
A tsunami is a series of waves generated by any of the following:
- Vertical movement of the sea floor after a large earthquake
- Submarine or coastal eruptions
- Meteor impacts
- Submarine or coastal landslides
Even though the overall tsunami risk to Victoria is lower than many other parts of the world, a tsunami may still impact the Victorian coast. The largest tsunami to affect Victoria in recent times occurred in May 1960 after a 9.5 magnitude earthquake in Chile.
We’ve put together some important information that can help you learn more about what you can do to prepare for tsunami. You can use the sub-navigation or click on one of the questions below to start preparing now.
- How do tsunami warning systems work?
- How can I prepare for tsunami?
- What should I do if a tsunami happens?
- What is an emergency plan and what should it include?
- What should I put in my emergency kit?
Download the Emergency Toolkit which will help you before, during and after a tsunami emergency.
Emergency Toolkit.pdf (1.85 MB)
- Tsunami Information Sheet.pdf (572 KB)
- Tsunami Awareness Brochure.pdf (590 KB)
- Tsunami: The Ultimate Guide. The Australian Tsunami Advisory Group has put together an interactive online guide that covers everything related to tsunami using videos, animations, spectacular images and in-depth information.
TsunamiSafe Teacher resources
For lesson plans and activity ideas about tsunami, visit our Teachers section.