8.1 New Zealand earthquake: Tsunami warning lifted.  Government: "Stay away from the beaches"

8.1 New Zealand earthquake: Tsunami warning lifted. Government: “Stay away from the beaches”

New Zealand was devastated by earthquakes. An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 was recorded by the USSR off the coast of New Zealand, at a depth of 10 km. It is located 960 km away from Tonga. This morning, another strong earthquake of magnitude 6.9 was recorded off the coast of New Zealand, 180 kilometers northeast of the city of Gisborne, which triggered a tsunami warning. The Pacific Center has issued a new alert, estimating the possibility of anomalous waves up to one meter reaching the coasts. The epicenter of the earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.9 (according to some surveys), was 180 km northeast of Gisborne at 2:27 am local time, at a depth of 10 km. Scenes of panic in the area with thousands of people leaving the coast to seek refuge further inland. The 8.1 earthquake was felt as far as Christchurch, about 1,000 km in the south of the country.

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Tsunami warning lifted across the Pacific

New Zealand authorities raised a tsunami alert for most of the Pacific region after the three very strong earthquakes (magnitudes 7.1, 7.4 and 8.1) that were recorded in the past few hours near the country’s coast.

Hundreds fled coastal areas

The government has ordered the repatriation of thousands of citizens who were forced to evacuate because they were in areas considered high risk. “The advice remains to stay away from beaches and coastal areas,” the National Emergency Authority said, noting the possibility of anomalous waves. Tsunami warnings were issued for much of the Pacific Ocean, including the coasts of Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Tonga.

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