Two strong earthquakes of magnitude 7.1 and 7.8 jolted New Zealand on Friday night and Friday morning (local time). The first place was in the sea east of the North Island of New Zealand, and the second was also at sea near the uninhabited islands of Karmadec in the north.
According to reports, tremors were felt throughout the region, including major cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. About two hours after the first tremors, the newspaper reported, 60,000 people reported to the local GeoNet monitoring system that they had felt the earthquake. “New Zealand Herald” reported..
New Zealand Civil Defense asked residents of coastal areas to move to higher areas. Several people in the area drove by after 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. Initially, however, no information was available about potential damages or injuries.
“I hope that everyone is okay”
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.
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.
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