Tsunami threat for BOP cancelled

School students evacuated ealier today. Photo. Taz Amos.

The Civil Defence’s tsunami advisory for the Bay of Plenty has now been cancelled.

An Emergency Mobile Alert was sent out to residents in the area at about 3pm on Friday afternoon.

The alert confirmed that the beach and marine threat has now been cancelled for the Bay of Plenty.

It is warned that, despite the cancellation, residents should still be cautious of strong and unusual currents.

The National Emergency Management Agency advices that areas under beach and marine threat remain at the North Cape from Ahipara to the Bay of Islands, the East Coast of the North Island from Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay, Great Barrier Island and the Chatham Islands.

There is no tsunami threat in all other areas, which includes the Bay of Plenty.

A magnitude 8.1 earthquake near Kermadec Islands Region at 8.28am saw warnings of strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at New Zealand coastal areas. Other seismic activity in the area was also reported, after an earlier 7.3 earthquake east of the North Island was widely felt across the 2:27 AM New Zealand Daylight Time is cancelled.

The Emergency Mobile Alert sent out to Bay of Plenty residents.

Residents east of Matata to Tolaga Bay, including Whakatane and Opotiki, were evacuated inland or to high ground after a previous EMA at 8.45am.

The rest of the Bay of Plenty remained on standby as Emergency Mobile Alerts went out warning of potential waves and surges in the area.

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