by grace ashford
Does Australia get tsunamis?
Australia has never had any major damaging tsunamis. However, in the past 130 years Australia has experienced 145 tsunamis resulting in 11 deaths. 85% of these have been along the eastern coast.
The largest tsunami to hit Australia occurred in Western Australia in 1977. This tsunami was 6m in height, but no one was killed.
The second-largest tsunami also hit Western Australia in 1994. Fish and other ocean creatures were carried inland for 300 metres. That’s the same distance as from our school to Cappello’s Pizzeria. While no one died in Australia, this same tsunami killed 200 people just four hours earlier in Java.