NZ tsunami warning cancelled

NZ Herald


A TSUNAMI warning issued for New Zealand following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake off the Kermadec Islands has been cancelled.

But Civil Defence says there is a marine threat and people should stay away from the water.

Civil Defence national controller David Coetzee said turbulent currents are expected for the day with a tidal surge of 60cm to 1 metre expected.

This advice means there could be a risk to boats. The first wave will not necessarily be the biggest and this advice could change.

Anyone caught in the water could face a life-threatening situation.

He said the threat is all the way down the east coast to Hawkes Bay and his advice was to stay out of the water all day.A strong current current was likely with unpredictable turbulence in the water.

When asked if we people could go and watch the tidal surge, he responded "why would you want to do that, get on with your life.""My advice is to stay out of the water all day."

He told Firstline Civil Defence source information from GNS Science, who he said had "more refined modelling than those used by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii" for predicting tsunami threats to New Zealand.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre earlier issued a warning for New Zealand, Tonga and the Kermadec Islands.

The United States Geological Survey reported the quake struck at 7.03am at a depth of 20km, and was centred 211km east of Raoul Island.

John Bellini, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Centre, said it was uncertain if a tsunami was on the way to New Zealand.

Any wave would strike the East Cape around 9.00 am and Auckland around 10.00am.

The Kermadec Islands are a island chain 800km north of New Zealand.

Topics:  earthquake new zealand tsunami

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