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Tsunami activity – Beach and Marine threat has now passed

05 March 2021

The national tsunami advisory for people to stay off beaches and the water after the Kermadec Islands earthquake has now been cancelled, but strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges will continue for another 24 hours.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has now cancelled its national tsunami activity advisory for all areas of the country.

Here is NEMA's 3:43pm update.

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.

The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas.

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges will continue for up to another 24 hours. People should remain vigilant and take extra precautions with regards to beach and ocean activities.  

How to stay informed:

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management  is responsible for issuing civil defence warnings in New Zealand.

Warnings are published on  and Twitter. Warnings will also be broadcast on radio and television. An Emergency Mobile Alert may also be issued if there is a threat to life and property. Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones. The alerts are designed to keep people safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers.

Warnings may also be broadcast through siren, phone, mobile text, loud hailer or other local arrangements. Contact your local council to find out about the warnings you can expect to receive in your community. 

Immediately follow the advice of any emergency warning. You may receive warnings from one or several sources. Respond to the first source.  Do not wait for more messages before you act.

  • Weather updates - MetService.
  • State Highways - (SH25, SH25A, SH26 in the Coromandel) NZTA. You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) for traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways.
  • Council roads - We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters. If you see an issue that needs attention, call us on 07 868 0200.
  • Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here.
  • Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Emergency mobile alert these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here
  • Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here.
  • Waikato Region Civil Defence Emergency Management – Sign up to receive civil defence and emergency text alerts through this link.
  • Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here.
  • Know your neighbours - phone each other in an emergency, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK.
  • To report a power outage, contact your provider.

For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence Get Ready website.

Unofficial information:

You may receive warnings from friends, other members of the public, international media and from the internet. Verify the warning only if you can do so quickly. If official warnings are available, trust their message over informal warnings

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