New Zealand Earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitudes rocked New Zealand’s north coast in the early hours of Friday at around 2:27 a.m.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center or EMSC then issued an early warning of a potential tsunami and asked people to evacuate to high places. One resident living on the outskirts of Lower Hutt said the tremors were quite severe.
The shaking continued for a few moments and woke us up. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Civil Defense Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency have issued warnings and asked people living on the coast to move to higher ground.
We are monitoring whether a 7.3 M earthquake on New Zealand’s North Island in 2021-03-05 at 2:27 AM has created a tsunami that could affect New Zealand. We will provide an update as soon as the initial assessment is complete. Anyone near the coast who feels a long or strong earthquake should rush to the nearest high point or as far inland as possible.
Until this news was made, it was not known whether there was any damage caused by the earthquake. Including casualties. After briefly releasing a tsunami warning for large parts of the North Island and ordering all citizens to be evacuated, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) announced that the tsunami threat level had been lowered as the biggest waves had passed. Videos uploaded to the internet show large waves hitting areas such as Tokomaru Bay on New Zealand’s East Coast.
Therefore, the threat level is now lowered to Coastal and Marine threats for all areas that were previously under threat by Land and Sea. Everyone who was evacuated can now return.
Its appeal remains in force, for all areas under threat from the Coast and the Sea, to stay away from coastal areas. We expect coastal areas of New Zealand to continue to experience strong and unusual waves and unexpected waves on the coast.
Separately, marine consultant eCoast Ltd, Dr. Jose Borrero, said that although the strong quake triggered serious shaking on Raoul Island which is close to the epicenter, the tsunami triggered by the quake was almost invisible.
It will reach the order of tens of centimeters. But hundreds of kilometers away, if you sit on a boat in the middle of the ocean, you may feel the shock waves coming from the earthquake itself.