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The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a Tsunami Potential Threat to New Zealand advisory for North Cape, Auckland West, East Cape, Gisborne, Auckland East, New Plymouth, Wellington.

The Potential Threat advisory will remain in effect until:
  • It is upgraded to a Tsunami Warning, or
  • A cancellation message is issued by MCDEM.
MCDEM and scientific advisors are in the process of assessing the situation to determine the severity of the threat to New Zealand. Updates will be issued at least hourly.

people in coastal areas should:
  • Note that a tsunami is possible
  • Listen to the radio/TV for further assessment and updates
  • Follow instructions of their local Civil Defence authorities

An earthquake has occurred with these parameters:
Origin time:0112 ZULU 06 FEB 2013
NZ time:1412 NZDT 06 FEB 2013
Co-ordinates:10.9 SOUTH 165.1 EAST
Depth: 33 KM
Magnitude: 8.0

The above magnitude is provisional and may be increased or decreased as more seismic data becomes available.