Thursday, October 8, 2009

Further update

Potential Tsunami Threat to New Zealand - Update

The National Advisory- Potential Threat for New Zealand remains in force, and represents the official status for New Zealand. This is in spite of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, who has cancelled their warning for New Zealand.

The threat assessment as provided earlier remains. It is not expected to be destructive for New Zealand, however, we still advise people on the West Coast from Northcape to Hokitika, and on the East Coast from Northcape to Auckland to stay clear of beaches and out of the water, as well as refrain from boating activities due to expected strong currents until a cancellation is issued. For other areas people should be vigilant around coastal areas.

The official source of information is the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

EDIT: 14:25 It is expected that in most areas the largest waves will not arrive until many hours after the first arrivals. Areas that are particularly prone to late arriving waves are the West Coast of the South Island between Hokitika and Karamea, and the Northland region of the North Island. Waves may not have peaked before 8pm.

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