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| Latest Christchurch News | Saturday July 21 2012 22:33
Quake-weary Cantabrians are being reminded not to panic when Christchurch's new tsunami warning system sounds for the first time this Sunday.
Twenty-two sirens have been installed along Christchurch's coastline from Waimairi Beach to Sumner and will be audibly tested on Sunday at 11am for one to two minutes.
"This test is important so residents can identify the sound the sirens make to know when they need to evacuate the coastal area," said Mayor Bob Parker, who will be at New Brighton Pier for the test along with Civil Defence and Emergency Management manager Murray Sinclair.
Further testing will happen twice a year on the Sunday when Daylight Saving begins and ends.
Many residents have been desperate for a tsunami warning system to be introduced after fears that a major offshore earthquake could spark a tidal wave.