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No tsunami threat to NZ following 7.9 Gulf of Alaska quake

00:29 24 January 2018

No tsunami threat to New Zealand following the 7.9 Gulf of Alaska earthquake.

There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the magnitude 7.9 Gulf of Alaska earthquake at 22.32.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has assessed the information with the assistance of scientific advisors. Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand. Coastal inundation (flooding of land areas near the shore) is not expected. Strong currents and surges may be experienced for the 24 hour period from midday, 24th January.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has issued a National Advisory: No Tsunami Threat to New Zealand message to all relevant local civil defence authorities, emergency services and other agencies.

Only messages issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management represent the official warning status for New Zealand. Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.

ENDS

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