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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has created a computer model to demonstrate how Tongatapu would be affected by a tsunami created by a magnitude 8.7 earthquake, reports Islands Business.

Geoscience Australia also helped in the development of the programme which was financed by AusAID. Leveni ‘Aho, Director of Tonga’s National Disaster Management Office, says the ‘Tsunami Wave Inundation Model’ is helping the Tongan government to determine evacuation zones, design emergency response measures and improve long-term urban planning for Nuku’alofa and surrounding villages. Mosese Sikivou, deputy director of SPC’s Disaster Reduction Programme, says “At community level, there is little practical difference between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

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