WORLD NEMA warns locals to evacuate immediately after 8-magnitude quake strikes off New Zealand

WORLD

NEMA warns locals to evacuate immediately after 8-magnitude quake strikes off New Zealand

Xinhua

07:15, March 05, 2021

WELLINGTON, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of New Zealand on Friday launched the third consecutive tsunami warning after an 8-magnitude quake, the third strong quake overnight, rattled at 8:25 a.m. local time at the Kermadec Islands, around 1,100 km north of the North Island of New Zealand.

Photo taken on Nov. 29, 2020 shows a view of Chatham Islands, one of the remote destinations in New Zealand. (Photo by Lisa Li/Xinhua)

The NEMA urged local people to move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible and not to stay at home until further message from the NEMA.

Previously, another 7.4-magnitude quake jolted Raoul Island, the largest island of the Kermadec Islands, at 6:41 a.m. local time.

Large coastal areas including the north and the east part of the North Island are affected.

The NEMA warned, "Do not return until an official all-clear message is given by Civil Defence. Walk, run or cycle if at all possible to reduce the chances of getting stuck in traffic congestion. The first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat is real until this warning is cancelled."

Another massive 7.1-magnitude earthquake rattled at 2:27 a.m. local time about 95 km east of Te Araroa, the far northeast point of the North Island of New Zealand, causing "severe" shakings and sparking tsunami warnings, reported GeoNet NZ.

The quake is defined as "terrifying" and "biggest one I've ever felt" by locals, causing severe shaking felt throughout much of the country.

Trains were halted and lines across eastern parts of the North Island closed ahead of track inspection for possible quake damage.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue