Disaster thrill seekers criticised

By Isaac Davison

Civil Defence has criticised members of the public who flocked to the beach after yesterday morning's tsunami warning was issued.

Bay of Plenty group co-ordinator Greg Wilson said that although the tsunami was not life-threatening, a failure to seek higher ground in future could be disastrous.

"One day, whether it's tomorrow or in a hundred years, there will be decent-size waves and there'll be casualties," Mr Wilson said.

He said a 1m wave did not sound large, but it was often kilometres long, and pushed a huge body of water ashore over several minutes.

After the first waves to arrive at East Cape were measured at under half a metre, Civil Defence downgraded the tsunami warning to a threat advisory.

At 4.30pm all warnings were cancelled.

- NZ Herald

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