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.
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What is a Tsunami?
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.