9:39pm Weds— All tsunami advisories for New Zealand now cancelled.
The National Advisory: Tsunami Potential Marine and Beach Threat issued by MCDEM earlier today in response to the Santa Cruz Islands earthquake and local tsunami has now been cancelled.
The threat to most areas of New Zealand’s coast has now passed. However, a minor threat still remains on the West Coast from Taranaki to Milford Sound for the next 24 hours.
Advice from GeoNet Tsunami Expert Panel is that there may be unusual water conditions e.g. local tidal surges and strong currents, especially during the early hours of Thursday 7 February.
People should exercise caution and discretion before entering the water or going out in small boats.
– NZ Civil Defence
on 6/02/2013 4:54am
The far north is the Aupouri Peninsular not the Ahuriri Peninsular.
on 6/02/2013 3:59am
Radio Hauraki mentioned a threat.
on 6/02/2013 3:46am
Could you please clarify the difference between Tsunami watch and threat – is a threat between a watch and a warning, or rhe same as a warning? Thank you!
on 6/02/2013 4:18am
We have been over this with Civil Defence in Wellington a number of times, but so far they aren’t interested in actioning any ideas we have on improving communication. A watch and a threat are basically the same thing – it means there is the CHANCE of a tsunami, but there is still a lot of uncertainty. A warning is when officials believe the threat is very high of a destructive tsunami.
To make matters more confusing there is the international Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre who are always first to issue warnings and watches – then usually an hour later NZ Civil Defence will issue their official advisory. Often first it’s a ‘threat’ – which is like a watch. Then sometimes a warning, or marine warning.
To make it even more confusing – national Civil Defence, based in Wellington, can issue national threats and warnings but local councils/civil defence can issue their own warnings and watches. So while national CD says "threat only" we have local Taranaki Civil Defence issuing a "tsunami warning" – as we saw today.
Work to be done in this area and we would love to work proactively with national Civil Defence, just as we do with Auckland Civil Defence, who we believe lead all the other Civl Defence organisations when it comes to communicating effectively to the public.
on 6/02/2013 4:51am
Thanks for the clarification and explaining the terms. I hope the Civil Defence will work with you, as you guys at Weatherwatch issued the most reliable and constant updates for the public today. I also think it would be very helpful if Civil Defence had a facebook page of their own as it seems that is a very fast way to spread news, good or bad. Many thanks for keeping us updated so professionally and accurately.
on 6/02/2013 3:21am
Well done guys, I note no mention on Metservice as per usual. Surely they should be leading the story. Good scoop for you boys
on 6/02/2013 3:59am
I wouldn’t call it a ‘sccop’ when it it’s a potentially life threatening event. It’s not a competition. Metservice.com have a banner referring people to the appropriate organisation monitoring it.
on 6/02/2013 4:12am
Competition is good if it means we’re competing to be the first to accurately warn the public of threats. MetService never used to warn of tsunami until WeatherWatch.co.nz started it a few years ago so competition is good.
Fantastic to see MetService linking to appropriate sites – as the govt site this should’ve been happening since day one.
on 6/02/2013 9:02am
Yep sweet guys you rule, we had a listen to VHF channel 21 at Tindalls bay this arvo, as some good person informed us or a potential threat and we moved off the beach just in case…
As you say is a warning a threat ,an alert, a watch, an outlook, or maybe something that could be of interest to flock to the beachs and check it out!!!
Just one day we will no!!