A powerful and shallow earthquake today on the northeastern coast of New Zealand in the morning shocked everyone and the people around the area are intensively frightened. Officials, in addition to that, are right now warning the locals of a possibility of a Tsunami. Luckily, there is no serious damage or casualty reported till now.
The National Emergency Management Agency of New Zealand said that it is actually still examining if the earthquake has increased the possibility of the tsunami by triggering it. If a tsunami comes, it could largely affect the nation. The NEMA measured the magnitude of the earthquake to be 7.3.
If people close to the coast experienced strong or long trembling, they were advised to evacuate to higher ground right away.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured a preliminary 6.9 magnitude and was centred at a distance of approximate kilometres (six miles) deep and about 178 kilometres (111 miles) northeast of the city of Gisborne. Gisborne residents experienced mild to moderate tremors, according to the survey.
In 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, killing 185 people and damaging most of the city’s downtown.
The first seismological agency to report the event was New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet).
The quake should have been sensed by almost everybody in the epicentre area, according to preliminary seismic data. It could have resulted in minor to moderate injury.
Moderate trembling and shaking were most likely felt in Ruatoria (population 900), which is situated 103 kilometres from the epicentre.
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According to PTWC, it is possible that the Tsunami waves can arrive in any area within 300 km of the quake’s epicentre. It warned the people to prepare themselves for the same and try to move away from the area as soon as possible. The area has been under emergency since the morning.
It is advised after the earthquake to leave the area as soon as you can and wait for the officials to predict more accurate assumptions.