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Tsunami – Potential Threat to NZ - Release No: 1 4pm

Tsunami – Potential Threat to NZ
Date/time: 4pm Release No: 001

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a Tsunami Potential Threat advisory for East Cape, Gisborne, Auckland East, New Plymouth, Wellington, Milford Sound, Napier and Westport.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is monitoring the situation.

MCDEM and scientific advisors continue to assess the situation to determine the severity of the threat to New Zealand. Initial estimates based on preliminary modelling suggest wave height levels between 0.2 to 1.0 metre high. The first wave arrival time is estimated between 1800 to 1900 hours.

The Potential Threat advisory will remain in effect until:
• It is upgraded to a Tsunami Warning, or
• A cancellation message is issued by MCDEM.

MCDEM and scientific advisors are in the process of assessing the situation to determine the severity of the threat to New Zealand. Updates will be issued at least hourly.

Meanwhile, people in coastal areas should:
• Note that a tsunami is possible
• Listen to the radio/TV for further assessment and updates
• Follow instructions of their local Civil Defence authorities

Only messages issued by MCDEM represent the official warning status for New Zealand
ENDS

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