Tsunami warning issued for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.


From the The Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management:

The Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning (marine and beach threat) for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.

People in the above coastal areas should: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities The tsunami warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by MCDEM. Updates will be issued hourly. Only messages issued by MCDEM represent the official warning status for New Zealand, not those issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC). This warning has been issued to all local civil defence authorities, emergency services, other agencies and media. Local civil defence authorities will interpret this information for their areas and advise public action via local radio stations.

Any waves heading for NZ won’t hit until after midnight, thankfully that will be several hours after a full tide on?the?east coast.

Meanwhile Tsunami waves are hitting Chile now.

Waves have begun hitting the coast of Chile after a powerful earthquake that sparked a tsunami alert across the Pacific to New Zealand.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the quake was magnitude 8.3, revised up from 7.9. It caused?buildings in the capital Santiago to sway and people to take refuge in the streets.?Authorities reported one death in a town north of the city.


– Fairfax