An 8.9 earthquake has struck Japan and a massive tsunami is engulfing the coast.
Meanwhile, TVNZ and TV3 aren’t even running a ticker.
8:20 TV3 have interrupted Glee to cross to the live coverage. Meanwhile, TV One keeps broadcasting Masterchef.
This is likely to be the biggest event this year, if not of the last hundred years.
8:30pm Now that Masterchef is finished, TV One are broadcasting NHK’s coverage.
You can watch live coverage online here thanks to Al Jazeera English.
8:40pm A tsunami potential threat advisory is in effect for New Zealand.
9:30pm TV One has resumed normal programming. TV3 is still broadcasting
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has issued the following warning for New Zealand.
“An earthquake of magnitude 8.8 has occured in Japan causing signifcant local damage.
“The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Watch – in response to the above earthquake.
“A tsunami is possible. MCDEM and scientific advisors are assessing the severity of the threat to New Zealand.”
People in coastal areas should:
1. Stay off beaches
2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
3. 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.
MCDEM and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation to determine whether a tsunami has been generated and to assess the severity of the threat to New Zealand.