M8.1 Kermadec Earthquake and Tsunami (Warning cancelled)

Published: Fri Mar 5 2021 9:10 AM
Updated: Fri Mar 5 2021 3:54 PM

The Tsunami Warning for New Zealand coastal areas following the magnitude 8.1 earthquake near the Kermadec Islands Region has been cancelled.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is the official agency for providing tsunami advisories and warnings for New Zealand.

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.

The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas.

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges will continue for up to another 24 hours. People should remain vigilant and take extra precautions with regards to beach and ocean activities.

Strong currents and surges can injure and drown people. There is a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, small boats and anyone in or near the water close to shore.

For more information on the M8.1 earthquake, go here

Remember, Long or Strong, Get Gone.

Long or strong get run

Drop, Cover and Hold during the shaking. Protect yourself from the earthquake first.

As soon as the shaking stops, move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have a great website with information on what to do before, during and after a tsunami. There you can also find tsunami evacuation zone maps for around New Zealand, and what supplies you need in an emergency.

GNS SCIENCE MEDIA CONTACT: 021 574 541 or media@gns.cri.nz