The earthquake occurred near the uninhabited Kermadec Islands in northeastern New Zealand. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates its strength at 8.1 and its European equivalent EMSC at 7.9.
More than 50,000 people on mainland New Zealand reported feeling tremors as a result of the earthquake, media in the country reported.
Up to three meters
New Zealand Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a tsunami alert for the entire country’s coast. The worst fear is in the coastal areas in the northeast, where there are warnings of waves that can range from one to three meters in height. Floods are expected to some extent.
Sirens go off along the beaches, according to the New Zealand Herald. People are urged to apply right away with elevated terrain or at least inland.
“People who vacate the place should walk, run or run to cycle to reduce the risk of getting caught in traffic,” Nima wrote on Twitter.
However, there are reports of traffic chaos in many places, with cars lining up to leave major cities in the northeast.
People who ride boats on or by the sea are encouraged to seek safety in deep waters, where they cannot be that bad.
“Maybe a great earthquake this year.”
Earthquakes of this size may be witnessed only once a year over the whole earth. It could be this big earthquake this year, says Bjorn Lund, a seismologist at Uppsala University, ICOT.
And the earthquake, which occurred at a depth of ten thousand meters, is the third day in the region. The first earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 occurred at midnight local time. The second, at a magnitude of 7.4, happened a few hours later.
A large-scale tsunami warning has been issued for the entire Pacific region, as sooner or later waves may reach coastlines in all directions, according to Agence France-Presse.
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