The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning that coastal communities in New Zealand must prepare themselves for the occurrence of severe and unusual ocean currents, as well as unexpected surges. This follows the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck the Pacific region. In addition, a tsunami warning has been issued for Vanuatu, Fiji, and New Caledonia. It is a result of the earthquake which occurred southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
Shortly after the warnings were issued, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported the existence of small tsunami waves in Vanuatu. The waves were less than 0.5 meters (1.5 feet) high at the Vanuatu port town of Lenakel, and smaller waves were also seen in other areas of Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
The New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) indicated that they are now assessing the possibility of a tsunami. They have announced that people on their boats and anyone at the marinas should leave. They must return only when authorities have allowed.
Tsunami Warning Issued For
- The West Coast of the North Island extends from Cape Reinga to Whanganui and includes Auckland’s West Coast, Manukau Harbour, and New Plymouth.
- Whangrei, Great Barrier Island, the East Coast of Auckland, Waiheke Island, Waitemata Harbour, Tauranga, Whakatane, and Opotiki are all located on the North Island’s East Coast, which stretches from Cape Reinga to Tolaga Bay.
- The West Coast of the South Island stretches from Farewell Spit to Milford Sound and includes Westport, Greymouth, and Hokitika.
Instructions Given To The People To Ensure Safety
- Avoid beaches and coastal areas.
- If you’re on a boat or in a marina, get off and walk to shore. Return to the boats only if directed to do so by officials.
- Avoid water, beaches, harbors, marinas, rivers, and estuaries.
- Do not go to the coast to watch the odd wave activity because it could be dangerous and unexpected.
- Evacuation is only required if directed by local civil defense officials.
- Listen to and follow the directions of local civil defense authorities. Then, spread the word to your family, neighbors, and friends.
Certain conditions are likely to begin and remain for several hours beginning at 4.15 p.m. on Friday. Therefore, if one plans to engage in any aquatic activities during that time, one must be cautious and aware of these potential hazards.