9.40pm, Friday 19 May 2023
The National Advisory issued following the 7.7 earthquake near SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS at 2023-05-19 2:57 PM New Zealand Standard Time has been cancelled by the National Emergency Management Agency.
4:44pm, Friday 19 May 2023
Auckland Emergency Management has activated and is monitoring activity following a magnitude 7.7 earthquake southeast of Loyalty Islands at 2:57pm today (Friday 19 May).
We expect New Zealand coastal areas to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore.
People in or near the sea should move out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and away from harbours, marinas, rivers and estuaries. Strong currents and surges can injure and drown people. There is a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, and anyone in or near the water close to shore.
In Auckland, we advise you to stay off the beaches and shore areas.
People on boats, liveboards and at marinas should leave their boats/vessels and move onto shore. Do not return to boats unless instructed by officials.
There is no need to evacuate other areas unless directly advised. We do not expect any coastal inundation (flooding of land areas near the shore).
What you should do:
- Move out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and away from harbours, marinas, rivers and estuaries.
- Do not go to the coast to watch the unusual wave activity as there may be dangerous and unpredictable surges.
- Listen to local civil defence authorities and follow any instructions.
Share this information with family, neighbours and friends.
Arrival times are still being assessed but we expect approximate arrival time between 6pm (Auckland West) and 6:42pm (Auckland East).