False tsunami alarm: Bay of Plenty residents evacuate as sirens sound on North Island coast, Waikato

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Panicked Waihī Beach residents evacuated on Sunday night, believing there was a tsunami warning, after a wave of sirens sounded across the Bay of Plenty.

Civil Defence and Waikato police later confirmed there was no tsunami warning for the area and said the sirens were a false alarm.

Civil Defence later sent a text out to those in the area that Fire and Emergency had reported a fault in their siren system.

Technicians were looking into the problem.

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