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Tsunami threat warning cancelled

Potential threat to New Zealand Cancellation

Strong and unpredictable currents may still occur

No: 02
Issued at 0950 hours on 13.04.14 Issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

Tsunami advisory cancelled:

The tsunami experts panel (TEP) has convened and they are advising that there is not likely to be a tsunami threat for New Zealand. This is based on the revised magnitude (Mw 7.6), and depth of the earthquake. Some caution will still have to be given regarding potentially strong, unpredictable currents around coastal areas of New Zealand. This includes areas around the northwest part of the North Island, and based on past experience along the west coast of the South Island (e.g. Greymouth, Westport). Travel times to the northern end of the North Island are approximately 4 hours, and to the west coast of the South Island approximately 6 hours. We strongly advise caution over the next 24-48 hours.

Earthquake parameters:

Origin time: 2015Z 12 April 2014
NZ time: 2015 NZST 13 April 2014
Co-ordinates: 11.3 S 162.3E
Depth: 33km
Location: Solomon Islands
Magnitude: 7.6 (was revised down from 8.3)
The above magnitude is provisional and may be increased or decreased as more seismic data becomes available.


This is the last message via the national warning system for this event, unless significant further information is received.

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

This cancellation message will be broadcast under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with public broadcasters.
NCMC status:

The National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) is standing down from 1030 hours.
After this time, normal Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management contact details will apply:

General enquiries to: 04 817 8555


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