- Publish Date
- Friday, 18 September 2015, 6:26AM
9am update from Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
As a result of the tsunami from Chile, Napier port buoy has had continuing surges since early morning from 1.06 m to 1.63 m (a rise of 0.57 m) over 15 minute periods.
This means there unusually strong currents and unpredictable surges, particularly around river mouths and estuaries, which will continue with unusual tidal action over the next up to 48 hours.
People are asked to stay out of the water, and off beaches and shore areas until Civil Defence advise otherwise
A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawke’s Bay and the East Coast which will affect coastal areas.
Approx 0.3m fluctuations in wave height have been observed at the Napier gauge site since early Friday and strong currents and unusual tidal action is expected to continue.
People are advised there is a continuing threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities and they should take extreme care over the coming 36 hours.
For more on the tsunami warnings for the East Coast click HERE