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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tsunami - zero time: Auckland [pictures]

The Waitemata - from transit cameras at 10:52AM (although the time counters on the website seem to be slow by about six or seven minutes). The official time the tsunami is expected to hit Auckland has been given as 11:12 NZDT.
There does seem to be a difference: at 11:11 and 11:12 the tide seems to be out and at 11:10 and 11:13 and 11:14 the tide appears to be in; but I am reluctant to conclude it is definite because of the low quality images and the typical Auckland weather means the light is changing every 30 seconds and it may give a distorted impression.
This is all happening at low tide, so there seems no chance of serious damage. If it was happening at high tide they would have had to evacuate the motorways. As you can see from the pictures they are barely above sea level (The Northern motorway is vulnerable on the northern approach to the harbour bridge, the Southern motorway is vulnerable at points on the causeway across the Tamaki river, and at a King tide the water laps the outer white line of the bus lane on the North-Western.)

I can see the inner harbour where I am and did not notice anything odd (even using the binoculars).


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