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Upgrade to NOAA tsunami warning station - September 2017

A tsunami reporting station situated in the Pacific Ocean that was off line was upgraded in a joint operation involving New Zealand and United States government agencies.

The New Zealand government co-funded an operation with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s National Weather Service.

The operation will replaced equipment on the Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) station, known as Station 54401, which is situated 1185km north-east of Auckland. No data had been received from Station 54401 since late September 2016, and scheduled maintenance and upgrade work was brought forward with New Zealand involvement.

The course of RV Tangaroa during September 2017 is shown in the Google map below. The buoy location and final position of RV Tangaroa are shown with a red marker .

Joint NZ-US mission to upgrade tsunami warning station

A tsunami reporting station situated in the Pacific Ocean that is currently off line is to be upgraded in a joint operation involving New Zealand and United States government agencies.

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