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Canterbury (Selwyn, Christchurch and Timaru Districts) and Otago (originally Waitaki and Dunedin City Districts, then superseded by a region-wide declaration) in response to heavy rainfall and flooding. All declarations were terminated or superseded by notice of local transition period by 25 July 2017.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

Volcanic unrest

End of Minor Eruptive Volcanic activity at White Island (Whakaari)

Start

13 Sep 2016

01:11 PM

Finish

16 Sep 2016

09:26 AM

Minor eruptive volcanic activity has been observed at White Island (Whakaari). The Volcanic Alert Level is now raised to Level 3, from Level 1. The Aviation Colour Code is changed from Green to Orange. The current activity is minor. GNS Science have advised that they are unsure of the implications for visitor safety and will be issuing a further Volcanic Alert Bulletin later this afternoon (3 pm).

Tsunami – Bay of Plenty

National Warning: Tsunami Threat

Start

02 Sep 2016

06:27 PM

Finish

12 Sep 2016

09:32 AM

National Warning: Tsunami Threat   Issued 0558 hours 2 September 2016 The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning for East Coast of the North Island (including Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty) and Upper South Island. Confirmation has been received that a tsunami was generated at East Cape.  A wave height measuring 30cm was measured at East Cape a short time ago. The first tsunami activity has arrived.  Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled. People in the above/ coastal areas should: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities  This warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by MCDEM.   Only messages issued by MCDEM represent the official warning status for New Zealand.  We note the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Information Statement for this event. PTWC messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.     Local civil defence authorities will interpret this information for their areas and advise public action via local radio stations. MCDEM and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation to determine the severity of the threat to New Zealand.

Tsunami – Bay of Plenty

National Warning: Tsunami Threat

Start

02 Sep 2016

06:27 PM

Finish

12 Sep 2016

09:32 AM

National Warning: Tsunami Threat Issued 0558 hours 2 September 2016 The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning (MARINE and BEACH threat) for the North Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.   Confirmation has been received that a tsunami was generated at East Cape.  A wave height measuring 30cm was measured at East Cape a short time ago. The first tsunami activity has arrived.  Tsunami waves are expected to be observed for a couple of hours duration, based on current numerical simulations.  Waves are anticipated to be between 0.2-1m. People in the above/ coastal areas should: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities   

Earthquakes – Bay of Plenty

7.1 magnitude Earthquake

Start

02 Sep 2016

05:00 PM

Finish

12 Sep 2016

09:33 AM

There has been a magnitude 7.1 earthquake 130 km north east of Te Araroa, at a depth of 55km, at 4.37am. Note that strong tsunami currents and surges are possible.  Please keep off beaches.  Listen to the radio / TV for updates.  

Earthquakes – Bay of Plenty

7.1 magnitude Earthquake

Start

02 Sep 2016

12:00 PM

Finish

12 Sep 2016

09:33 AM

There has been a magnitude 7.1 earthquake 130 km north east of Te Araroa, at a depth of 55km, at 4.37am. Note that strong tsunami currents and surges are possible.  Please keep off beaches.  Listen to the radio / TV for updates.  

Tsunami

Tsunami warning cancelled

Start

02 Sep 2016

05:20 AM

Finish

05 Sep 2016

01:31 PM

Issued 07:35 NZST 2 September 2016The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning (MARINE and BEACH threat) for the North Coast of the North Island of New Zealand including North Cape to Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel. Please Note: East Cape, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne have likely already experienced the maximum wave heights, these areas will still experience waves and currents

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning: Wind

Start

23 Jul 2016

10:26 PM

Finish

12 Sep 2016

09:32 AM

  Severe Wind Warning in place for the Bay of Plenty  Northwest winds are expected to strengthen overnight Saturday to Sunday. Winds may briefly reach severe gale with gusts of 120 km/h in exposed places from late Saturday night until dawn Sunday.  

Volcanic unrest

Ruapehu Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2

Start

11 May 2016

11:52 AM

Finish

Mt Ruapehu remains in a state of volcanic unrest. The temperature of the summit Crater Lake has declined slightly and is now 39 ºC, down from a high of 46 ºC. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 (moderate to heightened unrest). The Aviation Colour Code is also unchanged at Yellow. GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project. The Department of Conservation have issued a warning to climbers and trampers on Mt Ruapehu, not to enter the Summit Hazard Zone on the mountain until further notice.

Tsunami

No tsunami threat to New Zealand following 7.3m in Vanuatu Islands

Start

29 Apr 2016

08:30 AM

Finish

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the Vanuatu Islands at 0733 NZ time poses no potential tsunami threat for New Zealand.

Volcanic unrest – Bay of Plenty

White Island Volcanic Eruption

Start

28 Apr 2016

11:42 AM

Finish

The Volcanic Alert level for White Island has been lowered from Level 2 to Level 1. The Aviation Colour Code remains Yellow. The level of volcanic unrest at White Island (Whakaari) has declined following the eruption on April 27. Both volcanic gas output and seismic activity have decreased. Visual observations from a flight on Friday and seismic observations confirm no further eruptive activity has occurred. Volcanic Alert Level 1 indicates minor volcanic unrest continues.

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