Wellington Scoop

Tsunami warning issued at 5.15 and cancelled at 9pm – “the threat has passed”

Press release from Ministry of Civil Defence
The National Advisory: Tsunami Potential Marine and Beach Threat issued by MCDEM earlier today in response to the Santa Cruz Islands earthquake and local tsunami has now been cancelled. The threat to most areas of New Zealand’s coast has now passed.

However, a minor threat still remains on the West Coast from Taranaki to Milford Sound for the next 24 hours. Advice from GeoNet Tsunami Expert Panel is that there may be unusual water conditions e.g. local tidal surges and strong currents, especially during the early hours of Thursday 7 February. People should exercise caution and discretion before entering the water or going out in small boats.

Press Release – Wellington City Council at 5.15pm
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has issued a National Advisory: Tsunami Potential Threat to New Zealand. Wellington coastal communities are advised that a tsunami is possible following a magnitude 8.0 earthquake near Vanuatu about 2pm New Zealand time today.

A tsunami has been generated and the first wave may arrive in New Zealand in the areas around North Cape at between 6pm and 7pm today. The first wave may arrive later and may not be the largest. Waves may continue for several hours.

People in coastal areas, including around Wellington, should:
• Stay off beaches, coastal areas and estuaries
• Do not go sightseeing
• Share this information with family, neighbours and friends
• Listen to the radio and TV for updates
• Follow instructions from your local civil defence authorities.

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council
Manawatu-Wanganui Tsunami watch
Issued by: Group Controller, Manawatu-Wanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

Date and time: Wednesday 6th February 2013 at 16:30

An official tsunami watch has been received for the Manawatu-Wanganui Region. The following is a summary of estimated wave arrival times and action that should be taken:

Coastal area First wave arrival Action
Tararua ~ 18:00 – 19:00 Clear all beach, river mouth and estuary areas in Herbertville, Akitio, Owahanga.

Wanganui-Rangitikei ~ 18:00 – 19:00 Clear all beach, river mouth and estuary areas. All boat ramps in Wanganui are closed.

Manawatu-Horowhenua ~ 18:00 – 19:00 Clear all beach, river mouth and estuary areas.

All areas n/a All activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should stop immediately.

The threat is still being assessed by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and will be updated regularly.

Forecast wave arrival times are estimated therefore allow plenty of time to get to a safe area.

The first tsunami wave to arrive would not necessarily be the largest wave. Unusual wave action, tides and currents can be expect for up to 24 hours after the first wave.

Keep listening to your local radio station for the latest advice and information.