NZ phones are going to make an alarming noise today so don't panic

Publish Date
Sunday, 26 November 2017, 2:51PM
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Your phones going to make a "unique and penetrating sound" tonight, a whole six months earlier than they had planned!

The sound will be used to alert people to the first national test of a new emergency civil defence alert system, was planned to for April next year but has been brought forward six months after conflicting information on the risk of a tsunami in New Zealand.

Apparently only a third of New Zealand's 5.8 million phones are reportedly capable of receiving the alert, which is fewer than expected.

The alert will direct people to a text message which in this case will simply explain that it is a test, but which in a real emergency will warn people to leave for higher ground because of a tsunami or to evacuate an area because of fire risk or a police emergency.

So don't stress out tonight! Everything's all good!