Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management has urged people along the east coast to stay away from beaches following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake centred north-east of Te Araroa this morning.
A tsunami warning was issued in the North Island which included Auckland, Waikato the Bay of Plenty and Upper South Island.
While an official warning wasn’t issued for Northland, Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management is asking people in the area to be vigilant.
Tony Phipps, Group Controller for the Northland CDEM Group, says tsunami activity is expected to continue for several hours after the reported 7.0 magnitude earthquake, off New Zealand’s east coast.
“In Northland, past experience has shown us that this could lead to unusual and strong currents throughout today in harbours and coastal areas, including places like the Tutukaka Harbour.”
While at this stage, the official MCDEM warning does not include Northland, Civil Defence locally was nonetheless urging a sensible, precautionary approach.
Mr Phipps says with that in mind, Northlanders in coastal areas should:
- Stay off beaches
- Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries) - this includes boating activities
- Not go sightseeing
Mr Phipps says Civil Defence, local authority, police and fire officials will be monitoring the situation closely and the Northland CDEM Group will release new information as it comes to hand.
Civil Defence information is available from the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group’s (CDEM) Facebook page – www.facebook.com/civildefencenorthland – or the Northland Regional Council’s website via www.nrc.govt.nz/civildefence