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Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami 'possible' in NZ - Civil Defence

Tsunami 'possible' in NZ - Civil Defence

updated 21:21
Published: 8:14PM Friday March 11, 2011 Source: ONE News

Civil Defence says it is possible that a tsunami could hit New Zealand following the 8.9 magnitude quake that struck Japan.

The ministry is currently assessing the severity of the threat to New Zealand.

A tsunami potential threat advisory is in place. It will remain in effect until it is upgraded to a national warning or a cancellation message is issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence.

If a tsunami has been generated, the arrival times in New Zealand have yet to be advised.

The first wave may arrive later and may not be the largest, Civil Defence said.

Waves may continue for several hours.

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

Local civil defence authorities have been asked to activate local response arrangements and alert potentially at-risk communities as appropriate.

Civil Defence is advising that people stay off beaches while it assesses the tsunami threat.

Advice for New Zealanders in Japan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says New Zealanders living in Japan should tune into local media and comply with advice.

The ministry is in the process of setting up an 0800 number for New Zealand citizens concerned for loved ones living in Japan.

They say phone lines to Tokyo are currently overloaded but if people can get through to loved ones that is the best option.

The ministry says fewer than 100 New Zealanders in the quake's epicentre.

The consulate is currently in the process of contacting these people.

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