Earthquake, possible tsunami threat

There was been a 7.8 earthquake of the Solomon Islands an hour ago (followed by 5.5 and 5.2 aftershocks so far).

There is a potential tsunami risk to New Zealand, but no known imminent threat

It would be wise to be cautious about going anywhere near sea level at the top of the North Island until more is known.

How do you know if and when it’s safe? I don’t really know, apart from listening to news and checking Civil Defence.

Their national website says:


All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when one will happen, but we can protect ourselves and our family.

But also

No declared emergencies

Friday 9 Dec7:53 am

Three hours earlier there was a 6.5 earthquake off the coast of California.


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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th December 2016

    Tidal gauges at Raoul Is should give some warning.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th December 2016

    Our oyster farmers don’t seem worried out here – working out in the bay while I walk the dogs.

  3. artcroft

     /  9th December 2016

    Tsunami threat cancelled now so those fishermen knew what was going on all the time.

  4. Corky

     /  9th December 2016

    I have whanau at the beach who will keep me informed. I told them to peg down their beach table and put floats under the SUV….. they thought I was being ” weird” again.

  5. Brown

     /  9th December 2016

    There are a couple of simple rules.

    Something big a long way off allows times for warnings to be issued but they do little to help those out of touch with media issuing the warnings. Tough but that’s life and panic doesn’t help.

    In the case of something big, close, of long duration (especially long duration) and easily felt (like the last 7.8 if you were in Wellington) warnings may be far too late to help you so you go to higher ground without being told. My stepdaughter lives in Petone and was at a work function near the beach so when she rang shortly after we were encouraged that her boss was already loading staff into cars and taking them to his home well inland. No warning needed – just exercising sound judgement and not looking to someone else to do it for you. Panic doesn’t help.

  6. patupaiarehe

     /  9th December 2016

    The CD system seems to be working. I got a text at 6:44 warning of a “Potential threat”, then another at 7:16, followed by one at 7:49 saying the potential threat was cancelled, but be careful around tidal areas anyway. Great to know, since I work a metre above sea level…


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