• Hawke's Bay residents in red zone areas urged to evacuate

Hawke's Bay residents in red zone areas urged to evacuate

People living in the red evacuation zone in Hawke’s Bay are being advised to evacuate due to a tsunami threat.

The National Emergency Management Agency, the official agency for providing New Zealand tsunami advisories and warnings has assessed the earthquake and advise there is a Beach and Marine Threat to the Hawke's Bay.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller Ian Macdonald says wave activity was estimated to start in the Hawke's Bay at 10:45am. It will carry on for several hours.

“We advise to people in Hawke's Bay to stay away from beaches and waterfronts (up to 2m above sea level) and out of the water as there may be unusual currents. If you live in the red zone, evacuate: www.hbemergency.govt.nz/hazards/tsunami/.”

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges near the shore are expected. The severity of currents and surges will vary within a particular coastal area and over the period this warning is in effect. The first wave may not be the largest.

Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled.
1. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates, or check www.civildefence.govt.nz
2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, this includes boats)
3. Stay off beaches and shore areas
4. Do not go sightseeing
5. Share this information with family, neighbours, and friends
Evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements.