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Tsunami warning: what you need to know

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FRIDAY'S TSUNAMI WARNING

* A 7.1-magnitude quake struck 130km northeast of Te Araroa about 4.37am and was felt by thousands

* Smaller shakes have followed throughout the morning, and East Coast residents have been asked to stag vigilant and check on neighbours

* A tsunami warning has been issued for the North Island east coast from Northland down to south of Gisborne, with waves of between 20cm and 1 metre possible in the next few hours

* People are being urged to stay away from the coast and not go sightseeing

* Although homes were earlier evacuated, residents were returning to home at about 7am, with coastal flooding no longer expected

* Train services have been affected in Auckland due the Tsunami warning, with some lines suspended, others terminating early

* An earlier tsunami warning for the upper South Island has now been lifted.

Civil Defence said people in the affected coastal areas should:

* Stay out of the water

* Stay off beaches and shore areas

* Not go sightseeing

* Share information with family, neighbours and friends

* Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates

* Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities

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