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'Minor Land Threat Warning' Issued for New Zealand

A tsunami marine and "minor land threat warning" is in effect for parts of New Zealand following an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday.The New Zealand Civil Defence agency estimates that waves of up to 3 feet could hit the coast near Auckland by 7 a.m. local time Saturday.

The warning applies to Auckland only; no other IFSA-Butler program location in New Zealand is affected by this warning. Our New Zealand office has already cautioned students to stay away from beaches and to pay close attention to local government instructions as necessary.

For more information, we recommend the following sites:

Map of New Zealand

New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

New Zealand Threat Level Map (pdf)

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