Tsunami wake-up call
Tsunami sirens throughout Northland will be tested on the morning of Sunday September 24, as part of twice-yearly checks which coincide with the beginning and end of daylight saving.
The siren network – from Te Hapua in the north to Mangawhai in the south and Ruawai in the west – will sound twice: firstly at 9.20am for 10 minutes and again at 10am for 30 seconds, and during this time the system will be monitored for any faults.
Northland already has more tsunami sirens than any other region in the country and new sirens continue to be added following the earthquake in Kaikoura last year.
Victoria Randall, spokesperson for the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, says a total of 18 new sirens have been installed since last September. The most recent new additions are in Mangawhai, Waikaraka, Onerahi and Ruakaka.
Residents also need to be aware of the natural warning signs of a local source tsunami – one that could arrive without time for any official warning.
“If people are on the coast and experience a long or strong earthquake, a change in the sea level or loud or unusual noises coming from the sea, they should move inland or to high ground without waiting for further information,” Ms Randall says.
TSUNAMI SIREN: Northland has more sirens than any other region in New Zealand.