fbpx
Thursday, April 15, 2021
No menu items!

New Zealanders urged to keep calm as earthquakes trigger tsunami warnings

Minister for Civil Defence Kiri Allan on Friday (March 5) urged New Zealanders who evacuated to high ground or inland to stay where they are until an official all clear is announced.

Speaking at a news conference in Wellington, Allan asked people to stay calm and to check on those who might be at risk.

Thousands of New Zealanders on the east coast of the country’s North Island evacuated to higher ground on Friday, and its biggest city was put on alert after three offshore earthquakes in less than eight hours triggered tsunami sirens and warnings.

The latest quake had a magnitude of 8.1 and struck the Kermadec Islands, northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. This came shortly after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in the same region. Earlier, a large 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 900 kilometers (540 miles) away on the east of the North Island.

New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said areas under threat from tsunami waves were from the Bay of Islands to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolaga Bay including Whakatane and Opotiki, and the Great Barrier Island.

(Production: Ben Dadswell, Tanya Lezaic)

Advertisement

Latest News

Renew your DL or ID now! Wavier deadline expired

AUSTIN, TX – The countdown is over! The temporary waiver of the certain vehicle title and registration requirements,...

Governor Abbott Announces 35 Participating Counties For Seventh Week Of Save Our Seniors Initiative

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services...

Dow breaks 34k, S&P hits fresh record high on tech rally

The Dow industrials closed above 34,000 for the first time on Thursday (April 15) as the blue-chip benchmark and S&P 500 posted...

Rewards Offered for Two Fugitives Added to 10 Most Wanted List

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Tieon Lashad Legan, 25, (pictured left) and Jaime Alanis, 37,...

US Olympic team unveils uniforms for closing ceremony

Ralph Lauren unveiled the Team USA Closing Ceremony Parade Uniforms for the 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams on Wednesday (April 15).

More Articles Like This