Tsunami warning for East Cape

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning for East Coast of the North Island (including Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty) following a 7.1 earthquake early this morning.

The first tsunami activity has arrived with a wave height measuring 30cm being measured at East Cape a short time ago..

A marine and beach threat warning has also been issued for the North Coast of the North Island including Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and East Coast down to Mahia Peninsula.

Areas affected by the marine and beach threat can expect unusually strong currents and unpredictable water flows near the shore. This includes beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities. The severity of currents and changing water flows will vary.

People in the above/coastal areas should:

1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
2. Stay off beaches and shore areas
3. Do not go sightseeing
4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends
5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates
6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities.

Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled.

Find out more at http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Manager, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823
Email lisa.smith@surflifesaving.org.nz

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