July 6, 2011 by staff
The Tsunami Warning Center issued and the Pacific tsunami warning canceled before the Civil Defense, notwithstanding the PTWC warnings is not an official status in New Zealand.
Notices of Civil Defense are the official status of New Zealand.
Civil Defense operations manager David Coetzee said there were conflicting messages about the state of alert this morning.
“I appreciate it can be very confusing,” he said.
He told Radio New Zealand this morning based their decisions on Scientific GNS, and the threat this morning by the tsunami ended up being lower than expected.
The tsunami warning was canceled by the Civil Defense shortly after 9, but remains a threat to marine.
“We follow established procedures, so we designed with the support of our scientific advisors,” said Coetzee.
“So when the earthquakes of certain magnitude occurs within an area at a particular depth, then begin to do things as a matter of process. And he assesses the threat from their and either luxury or descending scale [the threat], whatever it takes to do.
“But we can not wait until a proper assessment has been made safer – we need to act quickly and in this case travel time two or three hours Kermadecs the first coast of New Zealand.
“We took the path of caution and do what we do.”
The tsunami wave has arrived in Northland, East Cape, Gisborne and Auckland.
There has been some wave activity in the north country in years, 10 cm, but based on the most recent public safety message still remain out of water due to trickle into southern Hawkes Bay.
Coetzee said that anyone who enters the water, “you might find it crashed around and can be fatal.”
The threat of sea remains for the day, he said.
“The nature of a tsunami is not a single wave, and then all over, in fact, continued for many hours … not necessarily realize the disturbance [in water] at first, but will be there. “
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