Some areas of the Clarence Coast, like Brooms Head, fea- ture the lifestyle of living near the beach.
Some areas of the Clarence Coast, like Brooms Head, fea- ture the lifestyle of living near the beach.

The wave we do not want

By EMMA CORNFORD

WHAT if a tsunami of similar proportions to Sunday's disaster hit the Clarence coast?

With waves up to 10 metres high and reaching two kilometres inland, damage caused in the Clarence would be huge.

A substantial portion of the coastal sections of Yuraygir National Park would be affected and Brooms Head camping ground and Palmers Island would be likely to go under water.

According to district emergency management officer for the Northern Rivers Duncan Walker, coastal communities such as Yamba and Wooli would bare the brunt of the damage but Maclean and some other inland areas also would be affected.

"They would all be subjected to horrific damage," Mr Walker said.

"There would be structural damage, damage to infrastructure, homes, powerlines ? pretty much whatever you could imagine happening would occur."

Although there was no specific plan for such a disaster in the Northern Rivers district, Mr Walker said all agencies would work together.

"In the case of a tsunami it would be all hands on deck and everyone would be rolled out to help (and) each agency has a specific role which would deal with their specific area."

Mr Walker said if a tsunami hit, a state of emergency would be declared.

"I just hope I never have to see one because what we're seeing at the moment in Asia is horrific," he said.



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