New Zealand Orders Tsunami Evacuations After Strong Pacific Quake
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Fri 05th March 2021 | 02:10 AM
Wellington, March 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Mar, 2021 ) :New Zealand ordered coastal communities across swathes of the North Island to evacuate Friday after three powerful offshore earthquakes sparked tsunami fears in the Pacific nation.
A 7.8-magnitude quake, which followed earlier tremors of 7.4 and 6.9 in the same region, struck at 8:28 am (1928 Thursday GMT) around 1,033 kilometres (640 miles) off the New Zealand coast, the US Geological Survey said.
"People near the coast... must move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible," New Zealand's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.
NEMA warned residents: "Do not stay at home.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among those given an early morning wake-up.
New Zealand sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity.