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A very strong earthquake hit New Zealand. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has reported a tsunami warning.
The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.3, struck 178 km north of the city of Gisborne in New Zealand’s North Island, according to the US Geological Survey (Usgs), at 14.27 Italian time.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) wrote in a Twitter message that Issue a tsunami warning After evaluation.
“We have issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of New Zealand following the 7.3-magnitude earthquake in the northeast of the island. There is a risk of a tsunami on land and at sea,” the letter read.
We have issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of New Zealand following the 7.3-magnitude earthquake near the eastern North Island and New Zealand. There is a danger of land and sea tsunamis. An EMA will be issued to areas at risk of land and sea tsunamis.
– National Emergency Management Agency (NZcivildefence) March 4, 2021
According to preliminary information, Depth 10 km.
No specific injuries or damages were reported.
New Zealand is located in a partially active seismic zone known as the “Ring of Fire”, which is regularly affected by strong earthquakes.
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (Ptwc) previously reported the risk of an anomaly following the powerful earthquake off the coast of New Zealand.
A statement on the center’s official website said, “Based on the initial earthquake parameters… it is possible that dangerous tsunami waves will occur on the coasts 300 kilometers from the epicenter.”
New Zealand Emergency Management Agency urged all people close to the coast in the vicinity of the earthquake to move immediately to higher ground or as far from the coast as possible.