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Tsunami Update 3

28 Feb 2010

Tsunami Update 3

TSUNAMI-RISK for Gisborne

Beach side Gisborne residents at Midway and Waikanae beaches and those in low-lying areas in Tokomaru Bay are this morning being advised to leave their homes following an earthquake in Chile last night.

The areas may be affected by seawater surges for most of the day.

Gisborne Civil Defence controller Jon Davies says voluntary evacuation of people in the Salisbury Road and other tsunami-risk areas are advised to stay away for at least 12 hours or until otherwise advised.

Homes at Wainui Beach are not threatened.

“If you are not contacted, you do not need to leave. People should stay off the beaches and out of the sea. Do not go sightseeing.”

Other residents should monitor local radio for further developments.

Mr Davies advised people to go to family and friends where possible, otherwise they should go to Te Poho o Rawiri Marae.

A wave of 0.2 and 1m is expected to reach Gisborne just before 8am and more surges are expected to continue for most of the day. 

People are advised to stay off the beaches and out of the sea.