National Advisory: Potential Tsunami Threat for Marine and Beach Areas

Posted by Nelson Tasman Civil Defence on 9 December 2016

No: 01 Issued 07:30 hours 9 December 2016

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a Tsunami Potential Threat advisory in all New Zealand coastal areas including the Chatham Islands. The protential Threat is for Marine and Beach areas only.

The Potential Threat advisory will remain in effect until:

  • It is upgraded to a Tsunami Warning by MCDEM, or
  • A cancellation message is issued by MCDEM.

MCDEM and scientific advisors are in the process of assessing the situation to determine the severity of the threat to New Zealand.

Meanwhile, people in coastal areas should:

  • Note that strong tsunami currents and surges are possible
  • Listen to the radio/TV for further assessment and updates
  • Follow instructions of their local Civil Defence authorities

Visit the MCDEM website for further information

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 Threat Message for this event. PTWC messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.

More Detail: An earthquake has occurred with these parameters:  


Origin time:

17:39  8 December 2016

NZ time:

07:39  9 December 2016


10.7S 161.4E




Solomon Islands




The above magnitude is provisional and may be increased or decreased as more seismic data becomes available.