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National Advisory: Tsunami Potential Threat to New Zealand

National Advisory: Tsunami Potential Threat to New Zealand
Update: Still awaiting threat confirmation

No: #002
Issued at 15:28 hours on 06/02/2013
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, WESTPORT.
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 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.

Updates will continue to be issued shortly.

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.
This advisory has been issued to all local civil defence authorities, emergency services, other agencies and media.

Information for emergency managers:An earthquake has occurred with these parameters:
Origin time: 0112 ZULU 06 FEB 2013
NZ time: 1412 NZDT 06 FEB 2013
Co-ordinates: 10.9 SOUTH 165.1 EAST
Depth: 33 KM
Magnitude: 8.0

The above magnitude is provisional and may be increased or decreased as more seismic data becomes available.
Local and regional/Group Civil Defence Emergency Management must:

Activate appropriate response coordination arrangements and communication processes;Alert potentially at-risk communities as appropriate;
Establish contact with the National Crisis management Centre (NCMC) once they have activated (CDEM Groups only);
Stand by for further information.

Local CDEM to act in coordination with regional/Group CDEM.

Local emergency services must establish and maintain active response coordination with respective local and regional/Group Civil Defence Emergency Management.

MCDEM has activated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with public broadcasters to broadcast this advisory.
NCMC status:

The National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) has been activated.

Further information:

A further update with more information will follow within the next hour. Until a cancellation is issued, updates will continue at least hourly. All further updates will be communicated by MCDEM via the national warning system.

Media enquires to 04 494 6951.

Useful websites:
Issued by:
Message authorised by the National Controller, Civil Defence Emergency Management.
End of Message

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