Tsunami warning

IN a first, two Coffs Harbour beaches were closed after a tsunami warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) yesterday morning.

Park Beach was closed between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and Sawtell Beach was closed for the whole morning after a tsunami, generated by a strong earthquake off the Solomon Islands, was predicted to reach the NSW coast between 10.15am and noon.

The State Emergency Service (SES) were advising people to leave the beaches, and for people in boats in shallow water to secure their boats and immediately return to land.

Around 2pm the BoM cancelled the warning. Only small rises in sea level of around 10cm were associated with this tsunami on the NSW coast.

According to the NSW SES, unusual currents may continue to affect beaches, harbours and rivermouths over the next 24 hours, and they advise that people return to normal boating, surfing and beach activities with caution.

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