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Biological Hazard in New Zealand on December 11 2015 01:43 PM (UTC).

Base data

EDIS Number BH-20151211-51213-NZL
Event type Biological Hazard
Date/Time December 11 2015 01:43 PM (UTC)
Last update December 11 2015 01:46 PM (UTC)
Cause of event
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level

Geographic information

Continent Australia – New-Zealand
Country New Zealand
County / State South Island
Area Wellington, Motueka, Kaikoura and Christchurch
Settlement
Coordinate 41° 7.443,173° 0.059

Number of affected people / Humanities loss

Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0

Biohazard information

Biohazard level
Disease, agent name Measles
Infected person(s) 0
Species Human
Status suspected

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A measles warning has been issued in several areas after an infected tourist traveled the country. A 28-year-old European man carrying the virus traveled from Wellington, to Motueka, Kaikoura and Christchurch from December 3 to 11. The Canterbury District Health Board now is asking anyone who may have come in contact with him and is now presenting symptoms to call their doctor. He is believed to have contracted the highly-infectious virus while in Australia and is in private accommodation in Christchurch until the end of his infectious period. Canterbury medical officer Alistair Humphrey said it was a particularly risky time for the tourism industry. “Over the next few years there is a heightened risk of measles as a result of the decision by parents in the 1990s not to get their children immunized,” he said. Where He Stayed: December 3-5: Comfort Hotel, Cuba Street, Wellington,5 December 5: BlueBridge Ferry,December 5-7: Motueka Holiday Top 10,December 8-10: Lazy Shag Backpackers, Kaikoura,December 11: Travels to residence outside Christchurch

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Sick tourist prompts measles warning

NZ Newswire
Measles is untreatable but easily preventagle through vaccinations© Getty Images Measles is untreatable but easily preventable through vaccinations A measles warning has been issued in several areas after an infected tourist traveled the country.

 

A 28-year-old European man carrying the virus traveled from Wellington, to Motueka, Kaikoura and Christchurch from December 3 to 11.The Canterbury District Health Board now is asking anyone who may have come in contact with him and is now presenting symptoms to call their doctor.

He is believed to have contracted the highly-infectious virus while in Australia and is in private accommodation in Christchurch until the end of his infectious period.

 

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Super rare lancetfish found out of its depth on New Plymouth shore

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A rare Longsnouted lancetfish has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.

The lancetfish is no Finding Nemo but one has been found a long way from home.

A lancetfish – usually found around 1000 metres deep – has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.

Nik Pyselman was running with his friend Cam Twigley along Fitzroy beach on Wednesday evening when he saw an iridescent blue shape in the water.

“It looked like it had been washed in and was struggling to swim back out to sea,” he said.

“I’ve heard of people catching them on long lines but I’ve never seen one myself.”

“I’ve also heard them called cannibal fish before because they eat their own kind.”

Pyselman took the fish to Keith Mawson of Egmont Seafoods who was able to identify the species as a longsnout lancetfish.

 

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Main vent of Whakaari/White Island in 2000  Wikipedia.org

 

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Volcano Activity New Zealand Bay of Plenty, [White Island Volcano] Damage level Details

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Volcano Activity in New Zealand on Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 at 03:45 (03:45 AM) UTC.

Description
Recent monitoring of White Island in the Bay of Plenty suggests a slight increase in volcanic unrest, GNS Science says. Scientists measured an increase of carbon dioxide in the gas emitted at the largest accessible steam vent on October 1. These subtle changes also coincided with the presence of volcanic tremor and more elevated amounts of sulphur dioxide gas being emitted from the volcano, a statement from GNS said this morning. This indicated that unrest at White Island might have increased slightly in recent weeks. GNS geochemists sampled the largest accessible steam vent on October 1, which indicated a small increase in the temperature to 170C and an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide gas. These are consistent with the other gas measurements made at White Island. Volcanic tremor is a common type of volcanic earthquake activity recorded on the island. Since October 8, this has been increasing in strength and become “banded”. Banded tremor is common at White Island and many active volcanoes worldwide. It has been recorded during increasing unrest and a variety of eruptive periods in the past. “During visits to the island in October, GeoNet staff also sampled and measured the lake temperature (54C) and it remains similar to other recent measurements,” GNS said. “However, the lake level has risen about two metres since June. Since the lake re-established in late 2013 we have measured a rise of about 6m.” The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1 (minor volcanic unrest). “The changes we are seeing presently are common for the island,” GNS said. “Activity may continue to increase or die away. Typical volcanic unrest hazards like hot ground and gas remain. A range of activity can occur under these conditions with little or no useful warning.” GNS Science is continuing to closely monitor the activity at White Island and other New Zealand volcanoes through the GeoNet project.

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Aerial view of the crater lake in 2005  Wikipedia.org

 

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Otago Daily Times

Slight rise in volcano’s activity

 

White Island off the Bay of Plenty. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

White Island off the Bay of Plenty. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Recent monitoring of White Island in the Bay of Plenty suggests a slight increase in volcanic unrest, GNS Science says.Scientists measured an increase of carbon dioxide in the gas emitted at the largest accessible steam vent on October 1.

These subtle changes also coincided with the presence of volcanic tremor and more elevated amounts of sulphur dioxide gas being emitted from the volcano, a statement from GNS said this morning.

This indicated that unrest at White Island might have increased slightly in recent weeks.

GNS geochemists sampled the largest accessible steam vent on October 1, which indicated a small increase in the temperature to 170C and an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide gas. These are consistent with the other gas measurements made at White Island.

 

 

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End Of The American Dream
The American Dream Is Becoming A Nightmare And Life As We Know It Is About To Change

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Permanently Locking In The Obama Agenda For 40 Percent Of The Global Economy

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We have just witnessed one of the most significant steps toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen.  Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been completed, and if approved it will create the largest trading bloc on the planet.  But this is not just a trade agreement.  In this treaty, Barack Obama has thrown in all sorts of things that he never would have been able to get through Congress otherwise.  And once this treaty is approved, it will be exceedingly difficult to ever make changes to it.  So essentially what is happening is that the Obama agenda is being permanently locked in for 40 percent of the global economy.

The United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam all intend to sign on to this insidious plan.  Collectively, these nations have a total population of about 800 million people and a combined GDP of approximately 28 trillion dollars.

Of course Barack Obama is assuring all of us that this treaty is going to be wonderful for everyone

In hailing the agreement, Obama said, “Congress and the American people will have months to read every word” before he signs the deal that he described as a win for all sides.

“If we can get this agreement to my desk, then we can help our businesses sell more Made in America goods and services around the world, and we can help more American workers compete and win,” Obama said.

Sadly, just like with every other “free trade” agreement that the U.S. has entered into since World War II, the exact opposite is what will actually happen.  Our trade deficit will get even larger, and we will see even more jobs and even more businesses go overseas.

 

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ZeroHedge

Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As “Corporate Secrecy” Wins Again

Once again the corporatocracy wins as the so-called “Trojan horse” Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been finalized. As WSJ reports, the U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said.

For the U.S., the TPP (reportedly) opens agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, tightens intellectual property rules to benefit drug and technology companies, and establishes a tightknit economic bloc to challenge China’s influence in the region (likely forcing their hand into separate trade agreements).

However, Obama is likely to face a tough fight to get the deal through Congress(especially in light of presidential candidates’ opposition).

The US, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim economies have reached agreement to strike the largest trade pact seen anywhere in two decades, in what is a huge strategic and political win for US President Barack Obama and Japan’s Shinzo Abe.

 

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‘Massive’ Media Hype for TPP

It is amazing how the elite media can be dragged along by their noses into accepting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can have a big impact on trade and growth. If I had a dollar for every time the deal was described as “massive,” or that we were told what share of world trade will be covered by the TPP, I would be richer than Bill Gates. The reality is that the vast majority of the trade between the countries in the TPP is already covered by trade agreements, as can be seen:

TPP countries with and without current trade agreements with the US. Source: International Monetary Fund

We continue to hear superlatives even as the evidence suggests the trade impact will be trivial. For example, the New York Times reported that US tariffs on Japanese cars will be phased out over 30 years. Wow! The most optimistic growth estimates show a cumulative gain by 2027 of less than 0.4 percent, roughly two months of normal GDP growth.

This doesn’t mean that the TPP can’t have an impact. It will lock in a regulatory structure, the exact parameters of which are yet to be seen. We do know that the folks at the table came from places like General Electric and Monsanto, not the AFL-CIO and the Sierra Club. We also know that it will mean paying more for drugs and other patent and copyright-protected material (forms of protection, whose negative impact is never included in growth projections), but we don’t yet know how much.

We also know that the Obama administration gave up an opportunity to include currency rules. This means that trade deficit is likely to persist long into the future. This deficit has been a persistent source of gap in demand, leading to millions of lost jobs. We filled this demand in the 1990s with the stock bubble and in the last decade in the housing bubble. It seems the latest plan from the Fed is that we simply won’t fill the gap in this decade.


Economist Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. A version of this post originally appeared on CEPR’s blog Beat the Press (10/6/15).

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Earthquake rattles North Island

Updated at 7:58 am on 24 September 2015

An earthquake has been felt widely across the North Island this morning.

GNS map showing 'felt reports'Where the quake was felt.

Photo: GeoNet

The 5.1 magnitude quake was 167 km deep, centred 25 km south-east of Tokoroa, GNS said.

It struck at about 6.48am and has been felt in Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington and in the top of the South Island.

GNS seismologist John Ristau said the depth of the quake was probably the reason it was felt so widely.

 

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  1. M 4.9 – 255km SE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2015-09-24 22:30:31 UTC 10.0 km

  2. M 4.8 – 213km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2015-09-24 17:15:24 UTC 9.6 km

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September 24 2015 05:18 PM 2.7 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Canterbury Culverden Vulkán 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. Vulkán 0 GEONET Details
September 24 2015 05:17 PM 2.6 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Hawke’s Bay Taradale There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. Vulkán 0 GEONET Details
September 24 2015 05:15 PM 5.1 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Chatham Islands Waitangi Vulkán 0 Vulkán 0 Vulkán 0 EMSC Details

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Preliminary Earthquake Report

Notice! This is a computer-generated report – this event has not reviewed by a seismologist!

EDIS Number: EQ-20150924-514643-NZL
Magnitude: 5.1
Mercalli scale: 5
Date-Time [UTC]: 24 September, 2015 at 17:15:31 UTC
Local Date/Time: Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 06:15 at night at epicenter
Coordinate: 178° 37.800, 33° 15.600
Depth: 42 km (26.10 miles)
Hypocentrum: Shallow depth
Class: Moderate
Region: Chatham Islands
Country: New Zealand
Location: 1,210 km (0.62 miles) E of Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand
Source: EMSC
Generated Tsunami: Not
Damage: Not or no data
The potential impact of the earthquake
Almost everyone feels movement. Sleeping people are awakened. Doors swing open or close. Dishes are broken. Pictures on the wall move. Small objects move or are turned over. Trees might shake. Liquids might spill out of open containers.

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Last recorded earthquakes

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Elapsed time Event date Location Distance Magnitude Details
9 days ago. 15th September 2015 at 11:47 PM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 38.35 miles 4.9 Details of volcanoes
9 days ago. 15th September 2015 at 11:47 PM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 38.57 miles 4.9 Details of volcanoes
10 days ago. 14th September 2015 at 02:53 PM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 16.96 miles 4.9 Details of volcanoes
10 days ago. 14th September 2015 at 02:53 PM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 8.69 miles 4.9 Details of volcanoes
12 days ago. 13th September 2015 at 07:05 AM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 12.41 miles 4.8 Details of volcanoes
14 days ago. 11th September 2015 at 08:47 AM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 15.78 miles 5.0 Details of volcanoes
14 days ago. 11th September 2015 at 08:47 AM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 15.65 miles 5 Details of volcanoes
16 days ago. 09th September 2015 at 04:11 AM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 14.44 miles 4.7 Details of volcanoes
16 days ago. 09th September 2015 at 04:11 AM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 14.23 miles 4.7 Details of volcanoes
16 days ago. 08th September 2015 at 07:10 PM Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand 4.97 miles 4.8 Details of volcanoes

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coming south on Ngauranga Gorge as a roadworks sign has blown over @ the Interchange ^DB

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Extreme Weather New Zealand Northern Island, [Region-wide] Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in New Zealand on Monday, 21 September, 2015 at 02:51 (02:51 AM) UTC.

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Civil Defence said surface flooding had been reported across wide areas of the Gisborne region, with trees down in many places. “Motorists are advised to take extra care on the roads around the district today as rain continues to fall and rivers north and west of Gisborne city rise,” Gisborne Civil Defence said. State Highway 35 had been closed around the East Cape between Waihau Bay and Tolaga Bay. “This morning, a car was overcome by floodwaters at Rototahi south of Tolaga Bay and a bus, with no children on board, was stuck at the top of the Waimata Valley.” Civil Defence said no more information was available about either incident. Areas north of Gisborne had received more rain than forecast, with around 140mm falling in 24 hours. There are concerns the rising Kankanaia River could cause the closure of SH2 – the inland route between Gisborne and Opotiki – at Waipaoa, northwest of Gisborne. Civil Defence said surface flooding had been reported across wide areas of the Gisborne region, with trees down in many places. “Motorists are advised to take extra care on the roads around the district today as rain continues to fall and rivers north and west of Gisborne city rise,” Gisborne Civil Defence said. State Highway 35 had been closed around the East Cape between Waihau Bay and Tolaga Bay. “This morning, a car was overcome by floodwaters at Rototahi south of Tolaga Bay and a bus, with no children on board, was stuck at the top of the Waimata Valley.” Civil Defence said no more information was available about either incident. Areas north of Gisborne had received more rain than forecast, with around 140mm falling in 24 hours. There are concerns the rising Kankanaia River could cause the closure of SH2 – the inland route between Gisborne and Opotiki – at Waipaoa, northwest of Gisborne.

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Rain closes roads and damages crops around Gisborne

Thursday 14 Oct 2010 8:50 a.m.

Trucks cross a flooded Tauwhareparae Road after torrential rain across the Poverty Bay area (NZPA)Trucks cross a flooded Tauwhareparae Road after torrential rain across the Poverty Bay area (NZPA)

Extensive flooding up to 1m deep in the Gisborne region will likely cause headaches for horticulturists and grapegrowers, after the onslaught of heavy rain continued overnight.

Heavy downpours yesterday prompted the evacuation of a handful of households, forced the closure of rural schools and left dozens of homes without power.

A large number of roads in the region remain closed today due to surface flooding and slips.

Gisborne Civil Defence Controller Jon Davies said although the rain had eased and moved south, rivers remained high and would take some time to fall.

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Cat delivers bag of weed to his owner

Published time: May 22, 2014 13:14
Edited time: May 23, 2014 13:25

AFP Photo / Luis Robayo

AFP Photo / Luis Robayo

A cat in New Zealand has behaved in a very un-feline manner, bringing his owner a bag of marijuana and leaving it at the door. Police are now praising the furry friend for possibly helping them secure a drug bust as they dust the bag for prints.

Local police say they are very impressed with the deed.

”You hear of cats bringing dead birds and rats home, but certainly in my career I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Sergeant Reece Munro told the local Otago Daily Times. “I guess you never know who’s keeping you honest these days, do you?”

 

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 NZ signs historic currency deal with China.

By Adam Bennett

Photo / New Zealand Herald

Photo / New Zealand Herald

New Zealand’s economic ties with China have been strengthened with a deal to allow direct trading of the New Zealand dollar against the Chinese currency the renminbi or yuan.

The deal, struck relatively swiftly negotiations began in April last year, will reduce costs for exporters and importers by removing the necessity for transactions to be settled in two foreign exchange trades via a third currency – usually the US dollar.

Prime Minister John Key and China’s Premier Li Keqiang announced the agreement after meeting at the Great Hall of the People during Key’s first day of an official visit to China this evening.

“It’s great to have been in Beijing to witness the conclusion of negotiations to launch direct trading of the New Zealand and Chinese currencies, which I kicked off during talks with President Xi on the margins of the Bo’ao Forum in April 2013”, Key said.

“I am delighted that the project has been brought to a successful conclusion so quickly.

It highlights the strong relationship and goodwill between New Zealand and China.”

Key said the agreement “will make doing business with China easier by reducing the costs of converting between the two currencies, and will stimulate trade and investment”.

“Direct trading will also increase the integration between the New Zealand and Chinese financial systems, and deepen the economic relationship between the two countries.”

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Earth Watch Report  –  Tornado

 

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February 26 2014 06:35 PM Tornado New Zealand South Island, [North Canterbury] Damage level Details

 

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Tornado in New Zealand on Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 at 18:35 (06:35 PM) UTC.

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A tornado has ripped its way through North Canterbury in New Zealand as rough weather and lightning caused extensive damage. The Civil Defence has arrived at the scene to inspect the damaged properties. According to fire service shift manager Andrew Norris, a group of homes in Amberley have been heavily damaged. The town is 50km north of Christchurch. Based on fire service reports, strong winds from the tornado had lifted the tiles off roofs of homes near the Burnham Military Camp. Southern Fire Communications Shift Manager Karl Patterson said he received reports of one house losing an entire roof. The tornado, barreling its way through South Island, also knocked down trees and caused power poles to catch fire. Mr Patterson said the fire service put out fires in Halsquell Quarry which were caused by lightning. Despite the damages to some homes and power lines, no casualties or injuries were reported. The clean-up continues in tornado-damaged areas, although 30 homes reported having no electricity by the afternoon of Feb 24. A resident from Amberley, Donna Graham, told Radio New Zealand that she and her husband, Geoff, saw the tornado form from hanging black clouds and realised the twister was moving straight to her house. She and her husband began running away from the house. They could hear the noises made by the tornado as it moved. The couple came out when they noticed they could not hear the tornado anymore. Civil Defence inspector Kerry Walsh said the damage caused by the tornado was worse than he expected. He said the clean-up was doing well. South Island’s lines company Mainpower remarked that some of the power poles had to be replaced before electricity will be restored to homes. Aside from the tornado in Amberley, a smaller tornado was spotted in Leeston and was captured on video by “stormchaser” Stephen Burrows. Mr Burrows said the smaller tornado was approximately 100 metres wide but looked weaker in comparison to the one in Amberley. The tornadoes were caused by a severe thunderstorm in parts of Canterbury. The MetService has warned residents in the area to prepare for a storm with torrential rain and large hail. According to weather authorities, the storm had formed near the coast of Timaru and made its way to Christchurch. The storm was classified as a “supercell” because it caused large hailstones and small tornadoes.

 

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The New Zealand Herald

 

Tornado strikes homes as storm lashes town

By Ben Irwin

A damaged building on a plant farm near Amberley, north Canterbury. Photo / Martin Hunter

A damaged building on a plant farm near Amberley, north Canterbury. Photo / Martin Hunter

Rough weather, lightning, and reports of a tornado caused extensive damage in North Canterbury last night.

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Fire service shift manager Andrew Norris said a “cluster of houses” in Amberley, 50km north of Christchurch, had been badly damaged about 6.30pm.

Southern fire communications shift manager Karl Patterson said the strong winds lifted tiles off roofs near the Burnham Military Camp area and three houses in Amberley, 50km north of Christchurch, were also affected.

“One house completely lost its roof. Another house had extensive roof damage [and] windows blown in.”

The weather also caused power pole fires and trees to be knocked down,” Mr Patterson said.

“Apparently a tornado of some description sort of went through just near the coast – it caused a little bit of damage, but we did a check of all the houses in the area and they were ok.

“We had a couple of fires started by lightning, we had a fire in Halswell Quarry, out the south-west side of town.

“Also, in Little River we had a tree catch on fire in the middle of a tree plantation of some description.”

There were no reports of injuries, Mr Patterson said.

 

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The Telegraph

‘Tsunami bomb’ tested off New Zealand coast

Photo: ALAMY

The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city.

The top secret operation, code-named “Project Seal”, tested the doomsday device as a possible rival to the nuclear bomb. About 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, first in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland.

The plans came to light during research by a New Zealand author and film-maker, Ray Waru, who examined military files buried in the national archives.

“Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people,” said Mr Waru.

“It was absolutely astonishing. First that anyone would come up with the idea of developing a weapon of mass destruction based on a tsunami … and also that New Zealand seems to have successfully developed it to the degree that it might have worked.” The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer, E A Gibson, noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a “tsunami bomb”.

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