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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
MEDIA:
PLEASE USE THE STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL [SEWS]
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE AND FREQUENT BROADCAST
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TEST TSUNAMI WARNING NUMBER 3 FOR QUEENSLAND
Issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre [JATWC] at
12:48 PM AEST on Wednesday 04 February 2015
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TSUNAMI THREAT TO LAND AREAS AND THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
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SUMMARY:
Tsunami warning for parts of QUEENSLAND.

For all low-lying coastal areas from Sandy Cape to Point Danger, Moreton Bay
there is a threat of MAJOR LAND INUNDATION, FLOODING, DANGEROUS RIPS,
WAVES AND STRONG OCEAN CURRENTS commencing after 3:30 pm [AEST] Wednesday
and persisting for several hours.

QUEENSLAND POLICE has ordered the evacuation of low-lying parts of coastal
communities in this area. People in affected areas are strongly advised to go to
higher ground or at least one kilometre inland.

For the marine environment of all coastal areas from Sharp Point to Burnett
Heads, Sandy Cape to Point Danger, Torres Strait, Hervey Bay, Moreton Bay,
there is the possibility of DANGEROUS RIPS, WAVES AND STRONG OCEAN CURRENTS,
AND SOME LOCALISED OVERFLOW ONTO THE IMMEDIATE FORESHORE commencing
after 3:30 pm [AEST] Wednesday and persisting for several hours. People in
these areas are advised to get out of the water and move away from the
immediate water's edge.

The NEXT UPDATE will be issued by 2:18 PM AEST on Wednesday 04 February 2015

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DETAILS:
The tsunami threat will commence any time after the following local times and
will persist for several hours:

Surfers Paradise after 3:30 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Maroochydore after 3:45 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Willis Island after 3:45 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Noosa Heads after 3:45 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Rainbow Beach after 4:00 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Brisbane after 4:15 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Hervey Bay after 5:00 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Cairns after 5:15 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Cooktown after 5:15 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Lockhart after 5:45 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Gladstone after 6:00 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Innisfail after 6:00 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Hamilton Island after 6:15 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Townsville after 6:30 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Yeppoon after 6:45 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Mackay after 7:30 pm [AEST] Wednesday
Thursday Island after 12:30 am [AEST] Thursday

COMMUNITY RESPONSE ADVICE FOR THREATENED LAND AREAS:
QUEENSLAND POLICE has ordered the evacuation of low-lying parts of coastal towns
and villages including Brisbane, Maroochydore, Noosa Heads, Rainbow Beach and
Surfers Paradise. People are strongly advised go to higher ground, at least ten
metres above sea level, or if possible move at least one kilometre away from all
beaches and the water's edge of marinas, harbours and coastal estuaries.

Take only essential items that you can carry including important papers,
family photographs and medical needs.

It will be in your own interests to walk to safety if possible to avoid
traffic jams.

If you cannot leave the area take shelter in the upper storey of a sturdy
brick or concrete multi-storey building.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE ADVICE FOR THREATENED MARINE ENVIRONMENT AREAS:
Although evacuations are not necessary outside the threatened land area,
QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES advises people in all
threatened areas to get out of the water and move away from the immediate
water's edge of beaches, marinas, harbours, coastal estuaries and rock
platforms.

Boats in harbours, estuaries or shallow coastal water should return
to shore. Secure your boat and move away from the waterfront.

Vessels already at sea should stay offshore in water at least 25 metres deep
until further advised.

Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, as there is the possibility of
dangerous, localised flooding of the immediate foreshore.

Check that your neighbours have received this advice.

CAUTION:
Tsunami waves are more powerful than wind waves of the same height. There will
be many waves and the first wave may not be the largest. Take care in other
coastal areas where low-level effects may be observed.

TSUNAMI SOURCE:
An undersea earthquake of magnitude 9.1 occurred at
10:00 AM AEST on Wednesday 04 February 2015 near TONGA ISLANDS REGION [23.60S,
175.50W].

Sea level observations have confirmed that a tsunami has been generated.

The NEXT UPDATE will be issued by 2:18 PM AEST on Wednesday 04 February 2015

FOR LATEST INFORMATION ON THE TSUNAMI THREAT:
Call 1300 TSUNAMI [1300 878 626]
Check the Bureau's web site: www.bom.gov.au/tsunami for more details

FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE call 000
FOR ADVICE or NON-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE call:
QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES on 132 500

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The JATWC is operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and
Geoscience Australia
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