Friday 11 March 2011 - 23:25 hrs (11.25pm)
Tsunami Warning – Evacuate RED ZONE
A Tsunami Warning has been issued for New Zealand.
An earthquake measuring 8.9 has occurred near East Coast of Honshu, Japan.
A tsunami has been generated by this earthquake and the first waves are estimated to reach Porirua at approximately 8:00am, Saturday 12 March 2011.
A tsunami is a series of waves or surges, and the first wave is usually not the largest.
The size of this tsunami requires the evacuation of the RED ZONE. You must leave this zone before 5am Saturday 12 March 2011 and not return for at least 24 hours. Wait for the all-clear to be given.
The RED ZONE includes the harbour, and all beaches and shorelines around Porirua. It does not include properties. Do not go boating or swimming until the all-clear has been given by authorities.
Further information can be found by visiting www.pcc.govt.nz, or listening to your local radio station.
This message has been authorised by Mike Chapman, Local Controller