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Aucklanders advised to stay away from both east and west coasts following tsunami warning

Expected arrival in Auckland (North Head) is 1052hrs (NZDT) today.

Aucklanders are advised to stay away from both the east and west coasts and listen to the radio for updates, following a tsunami warning for the region. The Auckland Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has issued a non-destructive tsunami warning for Auckland region's coastlines. A tsunami is expected to arrive at 1052hrs (NZDT).

Surges of between 0.2m and 1m are expected. Constricted areas such as estuaries and headlands are expected to be most affected.

Those with plans for water-based activities, including boating, fishing or visiting the beach, are advised to cancel them today. People must stay away from the beach, estuaries, low-lying areas (including roads and bridges) marinas and harbours or other waterways for their own safety.

"By no means should people visit the coast to watch the waves," says Auckland Region Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Controller Harry O'Rourke.

"The waves will be large and travelling very quickly."

People need to:

Turn on their radios and listen to the advice from Civil Defence

People in coastal areas should:

1. Stay off beaches 2. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of your local Civil Defence authorities

If told to evacuate people should respond promptly. Where possible, take a radio and cell phone with them and check for updates.

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