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Written by Denise Piper, Whangarei Leader   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009

Civil Defence authorities are encouraging more Northland communities to start making plans for emergencies like Wednesday’s tsunami.

The tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 8 earthquake in Samoa at 6.44am NZ time, produced just small ripples in Northland.

Northland Civil Defence emergency management group controller Clive Manley says the first wave coincided with low tide in Northland, at about 11.20am, minimising damage.

[Fire] Stations at Ngunguru, Whangarei Heads, Ruakaka and Waipu each moved one fire truck to higher ground.

The low tide caused some people to initially see the sea receding rather than a surge, he says.

Mr Manley says as the tide rose, a later wave hit Tutukaka Harbour, causing a surge through the narrow harbour entrance.

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