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Few tsunami safe spots in Tongan capital

Few tsunami safe spots in Tongan capital

Updated 17 June 2013, 16:44 AEST

If a tsunami ever hits the Tongan capital, Nukualofa, one of the safest people in town will be the New Zealand High Commissioner.

A report on what might happen in the event of such a disaster prepared by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community shows that most of the capital would be destroyed.

There are few areas of high ground which have been identified as safe, and one of them is the New Zealand High Commissioner's residence.

Tonga's deputy prime minister, Samiu Vaipulu, tells Bruce Hill that there's little Tonga can do to prepare for a tsunami besides telling people where the best places are to evacuate to.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Tonga's deputy prime minister, Samiu Vaipulu

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