The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a third warning following an 8.1 magnitude earthquake near the Kermadec Islands region and two smaller quakes.
Areas covered under the tsunami warning include the west coast of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Ahipara; the east coast of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolaga Bay including Whakatane and Opotiki, and Great Barrier Island.
“Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges near the shore are expected in the following areas. This means a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities,” NEMA said in a statement a short time ago.
The tsunami warning also applies to the west coast of the North Island from Ahipara to Makara including the West Coast of Auckland, Manukau Harbour, New Plymouth, Whanganui and the Kapiti Coast.
“The East Coast of the North Island from Whangarei to Matata including Whangarei, the East Coast of Auckland, Waiheke Island, Waitemata Harbour and Tauranga, from Tolaga Bay to Lake Ferry including Gisborne and Napier.”
“The West and South Coasts of the South Island from Farewell Spit to Puysegur Point including Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika.
“The top of the South Island from Farewell Spit to Port Underwood including Nelson, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.
The East and South Coasts of the South Island from the Waipara River to the Rakaia River including Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, from the Taieri River to Puysegur Point including Invercargill.”
Water inundation warnings also apply to Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands.
“There is no tsunami threat in all other areas,” NEMA said.
“The severity of currents and surges will vary within a particular coastal area and over the period this warning is in effect.”
“The first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled.”
People in all New Zealand coastal areas should:
- Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates, or check www.civildefence.govt.nz
- Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area
- Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, this includes boats)
- Stay off beaches and shore areas
- Do not go sightseeing
- Share this information with family, neighbours and friends
Evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area. If you are told to evacuate do not stay at home. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so.
Only messages issued by the National Emergency Management Agency represent the official warning status for New Zealand. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.
This warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by the National Emergency Management Agency.