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No need to panic over tsunami warning

A tsunami warning has been issued for New Zealand but Civil Defence says there is no need to panic.

The alert was raised after a major 7.9 magnitude quake struck in the ocean off Samoa. Other Pacific islands are included in the warning.

Civil Defence will shortly issue what it calls an advisory describing a potential threat, but based on previous similar events no wave is likely to eventuate in New Zealand.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says three metre high waves have been reported in Samoa.





Guest on 29/09/2009 11:14pm

I’m 12 years old and what is this?

WW Forecast Team on 29/09/2009 11:35pm

When there’s a large earthquake anywhere around the Pacific Ocean it’s normal for a warning or alert be issued to the countries that MAY be affected.

In this case only a very small wave made it to NZ . 

Following the huge Boxing Day Tsunami a few years ago people are a lot more aware of the damage they can do… so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Looks like it’s all clear now but worth keeping up with the latest news on your local radio station just to be safe!

Philip Duncan

Taryn Casey on 29/09/2009 8:03pm

what do u mean tsunami im only 13 and im home alone today are you sure?

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