There was another violent earthquake off the coast of New Zealand on Friday. A tsunami warning was issued in several areas, but residents have now been allowed to return to their homes.
Update from March 5, 7 am: Sigh of relief in New Zealand: Thousands of people who fled their homes in fear of a tsunami are being allowed to return. On Friday, the Civil Defense announced the issuance of a tsunami warning for large parts of the Pacific region, after the violent earthquake lifted and the largest of its waves passed. Previously, three violent earthquakes rocked the country, and tsunami warnings were given with waves up to three meters high. There were no reports of damage or injuries.
The strongest earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.1, occurred near the Karmadec Islands, 800 km northeast of the North Island of New Zealand. Shortly afterwards, it was followed by another one with a force of 7.4 in the same area. Hours earlier, there were earthquakes measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale 100 km off the coast of the Gisborne region.
The Civil Defense continued to warn of strong and unusual currents and unexpected floods. People can drown as a result. There is a danger to swimmers, surfers, fishermen, small boats, and anyone in or near the water near the shore.
Tsunami warning for several regions: Another violent earthquake off the coast of New Zealand
Update March 4, 10:13 p.m.: There were several violent earthquakes off New Zealand. Three severe earthquakes were recorded on Friday morning (local time), according to the Disaster Control Authority. The strength of one of them is 8. A tsunami warning has been issued to several areas on the eastern coast of the North Island. People must reach safety there. All other Pacific Coast residents have been asked to closely monitor the situation.
Initially, there was no information about possible damages or casualties. The two most recent morning earthquakes were recorded around the Kermadec Islands. These belong to New Zealand, but are hundreds of kilometers off the coast.
Just last month, New Zealand thought about the Christchurch earthquake victims ten years ago. On February 22, 2011, 185 people were killed in the largest city on the South Island. The quake measured 6.2 on the Richter scale.
Violent earthquakes shake New Zealand
Update from March 4, 7:20 p.m.: A violent earthquake measuring 7.1 struck New Zealand on Friday evening (local time). The center was in the sea east of the North Island of New Zealand. According to reports, tremors were felt throughout the region, including in major cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
According to GeoNet information, the earthquake occurred about 100 kilometers off the coast of the Gisborne region at a depth of 90 kilometers. There were several minor aftershocks. The US Early Warning System had initially issued a tsunami warning within a 300 km radius. But after a few hours, the authorities announced that the danger was over.
New Zealand – Tsunami warning after a strong earthquake off the coast
First report from March 4: Wellington – The earthquake occurred off the coast of New Zealand on Friday night (local time). The epicenter was at a depth of 94 km, about 100 km east of the Pacific state, GeoNet local monitoring system announced. Experts issued a tsunami warning.
And the Civil Defense wrote on Twitter: “Anyone near the coast and feeling a long or strong earthquake should move immediately to the nearest hill or as far inland as possible.” “We are checking if the earthquake caused a tsunami.”
According to reports, tremors were felt throughout the region, including in major cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Initially, there was no information on the damages or injuries.
About two hours after the earthquake, the newspaper reported, 60,000 people reported to the local GeoNet monitoring system that they had felt the earthquake. New Zealand Herald.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wrote on Instagram: “I hope everyone is well,” especially those on the east coast who must have felt the full force of the earthquake.
The newspaper reported that New Zealand Civil Defense asked residents of coastal areas to move to higher areas New Zealand Herald. Lots of people in the region headed to the country following the warnings. The Civil Protection Agency called on citizens to stay away from water and beaches and follow the news via radio, television and the Internet.
Just last month, New Zealand thought about the Christchurch earthquake victims ten years ago. On February 22, 2011, 185 people were killed in the largest city on the South Island. The quake measured 6.2 magnitude.(Ml / dspa)