Tsunamis have caused a huge amount of damage around the world.
Tsunamis have caused a huge amount of damage around the world. DITA ALANGKARA

Risk of tsunami in Gladstone within 50 years is 'high'

IN STARTLING new information, there is more than a 20 per cent chance of a potentially-damaging tsunami impacting Gladstone in the next 50 years.

The information comes from ThinkHazard! - a new web-based tool enabling non-specialists to consider the impacts of disasters on new development projects.

The tool was developed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, in partnership with a number of organisations including the World Bank Group.

The public can look at the risk of disasters that places throughout Australia and the world are facing.

The risk of tsunami is high, according to the website.

"Based on this information, the impact of tsunami must be considered in different phases of the project for any activities located near the coast," it reads.

"Project planning decisions, project design, and construction methods must take into account the level of tsunami hazard. Further detailed information should be obtained to adequately account for the level of hazard."

There has been a tsunami warning for Gladstone before.

 

Chris Lees

In April 2007, Gladstone and large parts of the east coast were placed on tsunami watch after an undersea earthquake near the Solomon Islands sparked fears of a tidal wave.

 

Chris Lees

In October 2009, two earthquakes near Vanuatu saw coastal communities put on notice between Gladstone and Bowen. Although the tsunami watch was cancelled after just an hour.

Warnings have happened before

Coastal flooding, cyclone and wildfire risks are all considered high in Gladstone too.

Extreme heat is rated medium, while the risks of river and urban flooding is low.

According to ThinkHazard! the risk of an earthquake or water scarcity are very low.



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