Apr 15, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Tsunami Alert for Auckland, Gisborne and East Coast downgraded

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UPDATE (9.05am): Civil defense has downgraded their warning to a Marine Warning, people are cautioned to still stay out of the water most of the day and small boats are also asked to take extra procaution.

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) says there is the potential for a tsunami to hitNew Zealand after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands.

The Kermadecs lie 800km north of New Zealand.

The quake was at a depth of 48.5 kilometres. Itwas12 kilometres from Raoul Island and 920km from Tonga.

There has been a tsunami advisory warning issued for the Pacific – for the Kermadec Islands, Tonga and New Zealand based on the size of the quake, although it’s not yet know if an actual tsunami has been generated.

If there is a tsunami, it is estimated it would hit New Zealand at these times:

  • East Cape – 8.52am
  • North Cape – 8.54am
  • Gisborne – 8.59am
  • Auckland’s east coast – 10am

Civil Defence New Zealand says people should stay away from the New Zealand coastline until it assesses exactly what the threat is.

People in coastal areas should:

  1. Stay off beaches
  2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
  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 your local Civil Defence authorities.

More information will follow.

Be safe mai Maori!!

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