Three earthquakes have struck off the New Zealand coast, sparking evacuation orders

Elias Hubbard
Марта 5, 2021

New Zealand's seismological agency GeoNet described the quake as "severe" and put the magnitude at 7.1, down from earlier estimates of 7.4 and 7.2.

The quake, the third in a row in the region, hit at 11:28 a.m.

There was no tsunami threat to other areas of New Zealand.

Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz said many of people have already left their homes for higher ground.

Jones also says that the likelihood of a tsunami being triggered is fairly low, especially at a distance as far away as Hawaii.

For Aucklanders who are near beaches, there has not been any notification that they should be evacuated - but it has a beach and marine threat so they should stay off the beach and out of the water.

Their coasts could see wave surges as high as 3m (10ft), while parts of South America - including Peru, Ecuador and Chile - were warned they could see 1m waves reaching their coasts.

There were no immediate reports of injuries by the temblor that struck at 2:27 a.m.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand was among those given an early morning wake-up.

Only around one or fewer earthquakes of 8.0-magnitude or greater occur each year.

It was an 8.1 magnitude natural disaster whose epicenter lay in the ocean, about 600 miles north of New Zealand.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines following the 7.3 magnitude quake that hit New Zealand on Thursday night, March 4. There is a LAND and MARINE TSUNAMI THREAT.

It said "strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges" with tsunami activity continuing for several hours.

The country has issued a tsunami warning for areas of the North Island facing the quake, and people in those areas were ordered to evacuate.

Meanwhile local media posted footage of waves rolling into Tokomaru Bay.

Three earthquakes struck the Pacific region over a period of 6 hours on Friday, with the last quake registering as 8.1 magnitude - one of the most powerful earthquakes in the region in modern history.

Auckland Transport has halted multiple services this afternoon, including all ferries, following the Civil Defence tsunami warning issued earlier today.

They are more than 500 miles east of New Zealand, and more than 3,700 miles south of Hawaii. "Move to high ground", Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai told TVNZ.

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