Top five stories for Thursday, June 5

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A new evacuation map is set to be released incorporating information from this map, which shows the areas that are likely to be affected by a 14m tsunami. Photo/Supplied
A new evacuation map is set to be released incorporating information from this map, which shows the areas that are likely to be affected by a 14m tsunami. Photo/Supplied

1. Tourist van teetered over 50m cliff

A German tourist had to be rescued tonight after the van she was driving rolled backwards and was left teetering on the edge of a 50 metre cliff.

2. 40 minutes to get to safety if quake hits

Miserable and wet, but alive - this is the latest prediction of what will happen if people react quickly to the threat of a worst-case tsunami hitting Papamoa and Mount Maunganui.

Waikato University Coastal Research Station Technicians Dave Culliford (left) and Rex Fairweather search the shoreline near Devonport Road for the Mediterranean fanworm.
Waikato University Coastal Research Station Technicians Dave Culliford (left) and Rex Fairweather search the shoreline near Devonport Road for the Mediterranean fanworm.

3. Marine pest found in Tauranga waters again

A major water search has been launched after the discovery of another three Mediterranean fanworms in the Tauranga Harbour.

4. Anxious wait as TCC offers to buy flooded homes

Tauranga residents whose properties have been affected by flooding are anxiously waiting outside council chambers to find out if TCC will purchase their homes.

5. Fraud awareness highlights online scam threat

Raising awareness of online scams is the key focus for this year's Fraud Awareness Week.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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