Wellington (New Zealand) – Big relief to New Zealand: After a severe earthquake off the North Island, the tsunami warning has now been lifted.
The epicenter of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake was about 100 kilometers east of New Zealand’s North Island and occurred Friday night (local time) at a depth of 94 kilometers, the local monitoring system GeoNet announced.
According to reports, tremors were felt across the region, including major cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The New Zealand Herald reports that about two hours after the earthquake, 60,000 people told the local GeoNet monitoring system that they felt the quake.
Initially, however, no information was available about potential damage or injuries.
The US Early Warning System had initially issued a tsunami warning within a radius of 300 km. In the interest of the people’s safety, the Civil Protection called on the people of the coastal areas to head to the highlands and stay away from the water. But a few hours later, the authorities declared the danger over.
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.
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