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Tsunami – Your Eyewitness Reports

If you have eyewitness reports, photos of large waves, brown seas, swirling currents or extra low/high tides please send them in to us by using this link here.

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Please do not head to the coastline or on to beaches to take photos or video.


Glenda on 12/03/2011 2:18am

I think that boats in the marina should be fine the surges were low but constant for a few hours all normal here now.

Graeme on 12/03/2011 12:53am

We watched the Warkworth town basin go from pretty low and flowing out, to near full tide height with a strong in-flowing current in about 10 minutes at midday.

Guest on 11/03/2011 11:01pm

Significant wave surge at Tutukaka marina. One vessel broke it’s mooring & had to be towed out to a nearby bay. Other moored boats were nosing down into the water & pulling at their ropes. A few power boats seemed to be struggling against the surge as they were trying to navigate the channel out of the marina. Very brown, bubbling water raised the water level by more than a metre at the boat ramp. One vehicle had to be removed quickly before being overwhelmed by the tide (small, attached trailer completely submerged).

Glenda on 11/03/2011 9:22pm

Since 8.30 am the inlet has had about 5 in and out surges each lasting about 30 mins. We are too high above the water (about 50 Metres) to be able to do a photo and the waves are fairly small but the currents each direction are very fast moving.
Should be interesting to see how long this keeps up.

Glenda on 11/03/2011 8:03pm

Water is now running back in fast about 10knts only a very small wave but very fast moving.

Ron on 11/03/2011 9:36pm

Any further update.
We have a yacht moored in KeriKeri north of the Marina in the Bay.

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