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Tsunami Update 4

28 Feb 2010

Tsunami Update 4

Warning remains in place to keep off beaches

Gisborne residents are advised to continue staying off city beaches this morning as further wave surges are expected from the Chile-generated  tsunami.

Police, Fire Service and Civil Defence people returned to the Waikanae-Midway areas to request beachfront residents, who had not already left, to leave their homes. The areas affected were the beach end of Grey Street, Salisbury Road and Centennial Marine Drive.

A third wave of more than a metre at the Chatham Islands was expected to cause surges in Gisborne within the hour.

Gisborne Civil Defence controller Jon Davies said the advice remains not to go to the beach, not to go in the water or on boats and not to go sightseeing.

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

Homes at Wainui Beach are not threatened.                               

Mr Davies advised people to continue to monitor local radio for further developments.

 Surges were first noticed at the harbour and beaches from 8.20am, about two and a half hours after the high tide.  Eastland Port marine operations manager and harbourmaster Rob Mitchell said the tide was dropping normally and then rose slightly before dropping again.

“Then at 9am, it dropped a whole metre within about 10 minutes. Its lowest point was 0.45m above chart datum.”