Tsunami warning issued after earthquake strikes off New Zealand

04 Mars, 2021, 18:12 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand Tsunami Warning Issued

An natural disaster with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 hit off New Zealand early Friday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges near the shore are expected in all other coastal areas of the North Island, Great Barrier Island, The South Island, Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands.

New Zealand's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tweeted: "We are assessing whether the quake has created a tsunami that could affect New Zealand".

'Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled, ' it said.

New Zealand authorities have urged an evacuation in a 100-mile stretch of coast on the North Island, telling people to flee to high ground or "as far inland as possible".

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Do not return until an official all-clear message is given by Civil Defence.

The natural disaster had an initial reading of 7.3, however, it was revised moments later. "It was rolling back and forth".

The quake occurred at 2.27am, at a depth of 94km, 100km east of Te Araroa.

The quake was 94km deep and GeoNet rated it as "severe". The event was filed by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet), the first seismological agency to report it.

This National Advisory has been issued following a rapid assessment of preliminary natural disaster information. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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