New Zealand's Significant Tsunamis
A list of significant New Zealand tsunamis (most recent first):
- Fiordland tsunami, 22 August 2003 — There were two components to this tsunami; one originated from earthquake deformation, the other by a landslide triggered by the earthquake.
- Chile tsunami, 23 May 1960 — The largest instrumentally-recorded earthquake in the world caused a tsunami that affected coasts throughout the Pacific Ocean area.
- Gisborne tsunami, 25 March and 17 May 1947 — Two tsunami were observed in the Gisborne region in 1947, both due to earthquakes. The March tsunami was one of the largest tsunami in New Zealand's historical record.
- Chatham Islands tsunami, 19 July 1924 — The cause of the tsunami observed in Chatham Islands in 1924 is still unknown.
- Krakatau Volcano tsunami, 28 to 29 August 1883 — This tsunami is the only known example of a New Zealand tsunami generated by a volcano.
- Northern Chile tsunami, 11 May 1877 — This tsunami was less pronounced than the 1868 tsunami from Chile, probably because the tides were below Mean Sea Level.
- Peru-Chile tsunami, 15 August 1868 — This tsunami and earthquake killed thousands of people along the South American Coast.
- Wairarapa tsunami, 23 January 1855 — This was New Zealand's largest historical locally-generated tsunami.