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Tsunami Update 5

28 Feb 2010

Tsunami Update 5

Warning remains in place to keep off beaches

Gisborne Civil Defence was keeping a watching brief on the city’s harbour port and beaches late this morning after several significant drops in the tide resulting from the Chile-generated  tsunami.

The water level dropped a metre three times since 8.30am but these drops were not accompanied by observable surges or waves.

The national Civil Defence tsunami warning remains in place with residents advised to stay off city beaches and away from river mouths and the harbour.

Harbourmaster Captain Charlie Jamieson said the tide drops had exposed seabed rocks by the training wall that he had never seen before.

Civil Defence controller Jon Davies said the rises and falls in the harbour and bay would continue to be monitored for the next few hours.

“We expect to see similar rises and falls over the next few hours. If this continues, we should have confidence about what we are dealing with. There are still concerns that these could convert into surges.

 “We are being cautious because we haven’t seen this situation before. We want to have confidence before advising people they can return to their homes.”

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