Tsunami alert issued after 8 magnatude earthquake at Rangitahua (Kermadecs). Waves arriving now at Hawai – 10:30am.
Reports of traffic chaos in town earlier. Please take care.
Opape whanau your evacuation safe place is Opape Marae – go there now.
Report from Mayor that town is successfully evacuated (see photo below).
NZ govt Civil Defence to hold press conference at Beehive at 11:30am.
Awa rivers warning to whanau: surges up rivers are usual part of tsunami scenario so please do not go onto or near the rivers which could be affected by a wave surge even if they are far inland!
Confirmed Opape Marae is open and receiving evacuated people. Thanks aunty Flo!
Beehive press conference underway.
Civil Defence Minister Kiritapu Allan says evacuated people are instructed to wait for official all clear to return to lower ground – recommend listen to radio for all clear.
Reports are Woodlands Hall is open and receiving evacuated people.
Video online of foaming tsunami surging at Tokomaru Bay (pic below).
Louis Rapihana reported observing same thing at Hawai about 10:30am ongoing.
Video online of Opotiki wharf showing water level is very high, less than 10cm to overtop lower jetty and carpark (see pictures below).
Whanau reminded to keep away from rivers and river flood areas as surge waves can be expected up all rivers connected to the sea – so Pakihikura harbour, Otara and Waioweka rivers, Kukumoa stream, Te Houhi stream, Waiotahe river, Waiaua River, Tirohanga waterways, Opape stream.
RNZ reporting GNS Science assessed no land threat so evacuated people may return to lower areas. Marine and river waterways alert remains.
From Twitter feed of Kiri Allan:
Kiri Allan @KiriAllan
“ALL CLEAR” to return has been given. Alert notice on mobile phone system advising at 1:30pm emergency evacuation of land area is over, safe to return. Beach and Marine advisory continues.
Hapu kaimahi taiao advises beach and marine caution applies for Opotiki rivers and lower lying waterways.
Pictures from pilot Terry Rogers above evacuation places of Opeke Marae, Waioweka and Woodlands Hall – Woodlands/Akatarere School at Hikutaia earlier today as below. Scores of vehicles parked both sides of road around both locations.
Coast alert advisory for Opotiki is lifted as per NEMA panui in last half hour as below from Twitter: