Triggers Tsunami Alarm An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 occurred in the Pacific region. The quake triggered tsunami warnings in the region’s countries. Judging from Google Maps, the point of the earthquake was on the north side of New Zealand. The earthquake was centered on the sea.
The quake triggered a tsunami warning and sent residents fleeing to higher ground. There were tens of thousands of residents evacuated on the coasts of New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu.
Reporting from AFP, warning sirens sounded across Noumea as authorities ordered an evacuation amid fears of waves as high as three meters heading towards the area.
The US Geological Survey said the massive earthquake occurred about 1,000 km off the coast of New Zealand at 8.28 am (19.28 Thursday GMT). The quake was said to have been preceded by two seismic shocks that were also very strong in a cluster so strong even for the pacific ring of fire, where Earth’s tectonic plates collided. New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the quake’s remoteness did not minimize its potential impact.
“People must leave the coastal area and stop all water activities, and must not pick up their children at school to avoid traffic jams,” emergency services spokesman Alexandre Rossignol told public radio.
Communities along a stretch of New Zealand’s North Island were warned to flee as tsunami warning sirens wailed after an M 8.1 magnitude earthquake. The quake was an aftershock after an earthquake measuring 7.4 and measuring 7.3 occurred in the same area.
“Don’t stay home,” said NEMA. “People near the coast must immediately move to the nearest high place, from all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far as possible inland,” the warning continued.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Vanuatu and New Caledonia will likely experience the largest waves, measuring up to three meters. “Based on all available data, dangerous tsunami waves are expected to occur on several coasts,” he said.
It said earlier smaller waves had been reported in Tonga, and smaller waves were also possible as far away as Japan, Russia, Mexico, and the South American coast. No damage or injury was reported from the previous earthquake, both of which resulted in a tsunami warning that was later lifted. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand was among those given early risers.