Final Update – The USGS confirms a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck near the Alaska Peninsula just after 6:15pm NZST and was about 30km deep.
As of 9:15pm NZST Civil Defence has confirmed there is NO tsunami threat to New Zealand.
Coastal areas may experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore on Friday. Be cautious if you’re at the beach or on the water.
Earlier at 8pm Civil Defence put out an update saying “Coastal inundation (flooding of land areas) is not expected following the ASLAKA PENINSULA earthquake. People do not need to evacuate unless directly advised by local civil defence authorities”.
While the USGS and PTWC (Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre) provide some excellent information during events like this, it’s important for New Zealanders to follow our Civil Defence (also currently known as the National Emergency Management Agency) for any official information on potential tsunami risks within the New Zealand area.
This will be our final update, have a good night – WW.