What is New Zealand ShakeOut and tsunami hīkoi?

ShakeOut takes place across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake. Drop, Cover and Hold. You can also practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if you're in a coastal area.

Primary school students doing Drop, Cover and Hold
Whakahaumaru Aotearoa

New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. Wherever you are during New Zealand ShakeOut, you can take part in the drill. Just Drop, Cover and Hold for up to one minute, and if you're in a coastal area, practise your tsunami hīkoi.

ShakeOut Spotlights

See some of the awesome registrants who signed up for our national drill and tsunami hīkoi.

See who's signed up for ShakeOut
New Zealand ShakeOut spotlight. National earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi

Use this New Zealand ShakeOut audio announcement to start your earthquake drill. Play it through a speaker or PA so everyone knows the correct action to take.

shakeout-drill-day-audio-en-jul19.mp3 mp3 1.9 MB
Earthquake Commission logo

New Zealand ShakeOut is proudly co-sponsored by the Earthquake Commission (EQC).