TCDC: Tsunami threat to beach and marine areas
National warning: Tsunami threat to beach and marine areas
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning (beach and marine threat) following a magnitude 7.4 earthquake located in the Kermadec Islands region.
Unusually strong and hazardous currents and unpredictable surges are expected near the shore. This means a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities.
The severity of currents and surges will vary within a particular coastal area and over the period this warning is in effect.
Current assessments indicate that coastal inundation (flooding of land areas near the shore) is not expected but this assessment may change.
The first tsunami activity may not be the most significant. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled.
People in the above coastal areas should:
• Listen to local Civil Defence authorities
• 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
This warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
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