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Warning: Tsunami - Threat to New Zealand Cancellation

National Warning: Tsunami - Threat to New Zealand Cancellation
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No: 27
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Issued at 14:00 hours on 18/09/15.

The National Warning: Tsunami Marine and Beach Threat issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management yesterday in response to the tsunami generated by the earthquake near Chile has now been cancelled.

The threat to New Zealand's East Coast and the Chatham Islands has now largely passed. However, advice from the GeoNet Tsunami Expert Panel is that there will be some unusual water conditions e.g. local tidal surges and strong currents for the next 24-36 hours. This unusual activity will gradually return to normal conditions during this time. People should exercise caution and discretion before entering the water or going out in small boats.

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.
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Earthquake parameters:

Origin time:10:54 UTC SEP16 2015
NZ time:22:54 NZST 16/09/15
Co-ordinates:31.5S, 72.0W
Depth:10km/6miles
Location:Near the coast of Central Chile
Magnitude:8.3

The above magnitude is provisional and may be increased or decreased as more seismic data becomes available.
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NCMC status:

The National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) is standing down from 14:00 hours 18/09/15.

After this time, normal Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management contact details will apply:

General enquiries to: 04 817 8555
Media enquiries to: 04 494 6951

Useful websites:
www.civildefence.govt.nz
www.getthru.govt.nz

Further information:
This is the last message via the national warning system for this event.

Issued by:

Message authorised by the National Controller, Civil Defence Emergency Management.
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End of Message

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