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This section lists emergencies where there has been a Civil Defence response. Note: not all emergencies have had a state of emergency declared.

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Tsunami

Large Pacific Earthquake Being Assessed

Start

08 Sep 2017

05:14 PM

Finish

09 Sep 2017

11:30 AM

A tsunami warning (beach and marine threat) for Chatham Islands, Pegasus Bay, Northern Coasts of Hawke's Bay and East Cape was issued at 2300 hours on 8 September 2017 following a magnitude 8.2 earthquake near Chiapas Mexico.

A no tsunami threat message had previously been issued at 1803 hours. While initial assessment was that there was no tsunami threat we were advised after further modelling that a beach and marine threat existed for the above areas.

The largest wave amplitude of 35-40cm was recorded at the Chatham Islands. Observations from tidal gauges around other sites of New Zealand have shown maximum wave amplitudes of 15-25cm. 

A cancellation message was issued at 1130 hours on 9 September 2017.

Floods

States of local emergency declared in Timaru and Dunedin

Start

21 Jul 2017

08:08 PM

Finish

25 Jul 2017

04:22 PM

Local states of emergency were declared from 21 July 2017 for Canterbury (Selwyn, Christchurch and Timaru Districts) and Otago (originally Waitaki and Dunedin City Districts, then superseded by a region-wide declaration) in response to heavy rainfall and flooding. All declarations were terminated or superseded by notice of local transition period by 25 July 2017.

Severe weather

Cyclone Cook | Local state of emergency declared in Whakatane district

Start

06 Apr 2017

12:27 PM

Finish

21 Apr 2017

12:00 PM

Cyclone Cook has passed many regions without significant impact from flooding, however a local state of emergency remains in place for the Whakatane District.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

RAIN EVENT #8 - Daylight brings relief to Region

Start

06 Apr 2017

08:36 AM

Finish

06 Apr 2017

03:04 PM

Whanganui Town Bridge river levels peaked at approximately 6am this morning at 7.4 metres, which means flooding concerns have receded for the district.

Wildfire – Canterbury

Port Hills fires (Christchurch City and Selwyn District)

Start

15 Feb 2017

07:12 PM

Finish

02 Mar 2017

11:12 AM

A state of local emergency has been declared for Christchurch City and Selwyn District in relation to the Port Hill fires. For latest updates please see the Christchurch Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCDEM

Tsunami

Tsunami Threat cancelled - Papua New Guinea earthquake

Start

18 Dec 2016

01:09 AM

Finish

18 Dec 2016

07:08 AM

A tsunami threat has been issued for New Zealand coastal areas following the 7.9m earthquake in papua New Guinea at 11.51pm NZ time. No evacuations are necessary at this stage. However, please stay out of the water and off the beaches following this evenings tsunami threat. Continue to follow the advice of your local Civil Defence and stay out of the water and off the beaches.

Tsunami

Solomon Islands earthquake - potential marine and beach tsunami threat CANCELLED

Start

09 Dec 2016

07:31 AM

Finish

09 Dec 2016

05:04 PM

The potential threat for marine and beach areas has been CANCELLED following the 7.7m earthquake in the Solomons Islands at 6.38am NZ Time. We advise the public who intend to carry out activities in or on the water today, especially along the west coast of both the North and South Islands, that there could be strong and unusual currents for the rest of the day. Therefore, MCDEM advise people to stay out of the water.

No threat

No tsunami threat to New Zealand following 7.2M Central America earthquake

Start

25 Nov 2016

08:06 AM

Finish

25 Nov 2016

02:34 PM

There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the 7.2M earthquake off the coast of Central America at 7:44am NZ time (providing there is no significant change to the earthquake magnitude as assessments continue).

No threat

No tsunami threat to New Zealand following 7.3M Honshu Japan earthquake

Start

22 Nov 2016

10:37 AM

Finish

23 Nov 2016

02:58 PM

There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following 7.3M Honshu Japan earthquake that occurred at 10:00am NZ time on 22 November 2016.

Earthquakes

Kaikoura earthquake

Start

14 Nov 2016

12:18 AM

Finish

09 Dec 2016

01:00 PM

A M7.8 earthquake occurred northeast of Culverden at 00:02 NZDT on Monday 14 November 2016. Strong to severe shaking was felt throughout New Zealand. Following the earthquake, tsunami waves were detected on the New Zealand Tsunami Gauge Network. MCDEM issued tsunami warning messages via the National Warning System from 01:00 until 15:00 NZDT on 14 November 2016, at which time the warning was cancelled.

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