NZ Civil Defence re recent Japan magnitude 8.9 quake “Potential threat to NZ”

see Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Stay Off Beaches!

Honshu Japan 8.9 offshore quake

Ok, it's here.. Not local but likely effects.. Honshu Japan offshore 8.9 quake, March 11, 2011

The MCDEM site is temporarily down, but its content is:

“‎#JapanTsunami potential threat to NZ update1

2000, 11 March, 2011

A tsunami potential threat advisory is in effect for New Zealand:

The advisory will remain in effect until it is upgraded to a national warning or a cancellation message is issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

An earthquake of magnitude 8.8 has occured in Japan causing signifcant local damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Watch – in response to the above earthquake.

Only messages issued by MCDEM represent the official warning status for New Zealand. Local civil defence authorities may supplement these messages by applying local threat assessments.

A tsunami is possible. MCDEM and scientific advisors are assessing the severity of the threat to New Zealand.

People in coastal areas should:

1. Stay off beaches
2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
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 your local Civil Defence authorities.

MCDEM and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation to determine whether a tsunami has been generated and to assess the severity of the threat to New Zealand. More information about this event will follow.”

4pm 12March, NZ coastal alerts lessening.

… but distant shocks continue. Great sadness, all support, and condolences to Japan :-/