Wellington. After the violent earthquake off New Zealand, authorities lowered the tsunami warning for large parts of the Pacific region. And the Civil Defense announced, on Friday, the end of the largest waves, and the possibility of the return of all people who were previously transferred to safety. However, you should stay away from the beaches and the sea.
Three major earthquakes were previously recorded. The strongest earthquake of magnitude 8.1 occurred near the Kermadec Islands, 800 km northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Shortly thereafter, another one followed with a strength of 7.4 in the same area. Hours earlier, there were earthquakes measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale 100 kilometers off the coast of the Gisborne region.
The second earthquake in a short time
The Pacific Tsunami Early Warning System (PTWC) warned of the possibility of a tsunami following the earthquake. Experts expected waves one to three meters high. Initially, no information was available about possible damage or injuries.
According to reports, the area’s first earthquake quake was felt that night, including the major cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. About two hours later, 60,000 people told the local monitoring system GeoNet that they felt the quake, according to the New Zealand Herald. “Hope everyone is well,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wrote on Instagram, especially those on the East Coast who must have felt the full force of the earthquake.
Just last month, New Zealand thought about the victims of the Christchurch earthquake ten years ago. On February 22, 2011, 185 people were killed in the largest city in the South Island. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.2.