District Council Civil Defence are reminding residents that the National
Tsunami Warning for coastal areas is still in place and are advising that
people do not go near the beach or river mouth areas.
Defence Controller Terry O’Neil says that locals who reside in the low-lying
beach areas, at Rakaia Huts, Hakatere Huts and Rangitata Huts, have all been
evacuated since the early hours of the morning after the warning was issued by
the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
Civil Defence response was actioned very quickly after the earthquake and we
were able to reach those people living in the vulnerable coastal areas to move
them to safety” he said. “MCDEM have kept us fully informed and are still updating
us regularly on the situation.”
has said there are no reports of any structural damage to buildings within
Ashburton District as of yet, but the pressing need at the moment is to ensure
that people stay away from the coastal areas due to the tsunami warning still
being in place.
issued these seven points for all people in coastal areas: