How scary! A powerful earthquake has shaken New Zealand’s North Island community today, Sept. 1, and a local tsunami warning was issued by civil defense authorities. Get all of the details about the frightening natural disaster right here.
Following an earthquake with a staggering rating of 7.1, residents in the Tolaga Bay area of New Zealand’s North Island were urged to evacuated their homes, as reported by the BBC. The Ministry of Civil Defense & Emergency Management in New Zealand issued a local tsunami warning after the quake, and one “very small” tsunami occurred, according to US Geological Survey geophysicist John Bellini. The MCDEM used Twitter to warn people to stay out of the water and encourage people to seek higher ground.
The first tsunami activity has arrived. A wave height measuring 30cm was measured at East Cape a short time ago. #EQNZ
— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) September 1, 2016
The Ministry kept citizens updated throughout the day until the warning was lifted at 8:33 am on Sept. 2, local time. “Based on all available data, the greatest tsunami activity has now passed. However, coasts may still experience unusual, strong currents and sea level fluctuations lasting for several more hours,” the official site warns. “Keep out of the water. If you feel further shaking which is too strong to stand up, or over 1 minute in duration, move to higher ground immediately. Aftershocks are expected — remember to drop, cover and hold.”
The earthquake, which hit at 4:37 am local time, was powerful enough to affect residents hundreds of kilometers away, but luckily, there were no reports of serious damage or injuries. The quake had a depth of 19.1 miles, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). We’re so glad the residents of the small community are safe.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with the residents of New Zealand’s North Island during this time. If you’re in the area, be sure to exercise caution.