New Zealand tsunami advisory lifted

18:41, March 01, 2010      

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The tsunami advisory for New Zealand was lifted on Monday, the civil defense authorities said, effectively giving the all-clear.

The warning was downgraded on Sunday afternoon, but an advisory notice remained in place overnight because of the threat of tidal surges.

The Ministry of Civil Defense said in a press release on Monday that the danger has passed. However, it said beach-goers should still take care as fluctuations in sea levels will still occur.

National Civil Defence and Emergency Management director John Hamilton earlier said aftershocks from the quake in Chile had not been big enough to trigger another tsunami.

Hamilton said changes to the tsunami warning system have paid off. Civil Defence issued new guidelines for tsunami alerts last week. They include new protocols for notifying the media and GNS Science about possible tsunami, so accurate warnings are issued quickly.

Hamilton said warnings were issued to key media as soon as it became clear a tsunami was possible and the system worked as it should.

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