New Zealand issues tsunami activity warning after 7.7 magnitude earthquake in South Pacific
“We expect New Zealand coastal areas to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore,” the agency said in a statement.
Multiple areas in the north of New Zealand’s North Island have been deemed under threat and the public has been ordered to stay away from beaches and shore areas.
People do not need to evacuate other areas, unless advised by local officials, and land flooding near the coast is not expected, the National Emergency Management Agency added.
This map shows the affected areas. Strong currents and surges can injure and drown people. People in or near the sea in these areas should move out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and away from harbours, rivers and estuaries. More info at https://t.co/ccVFYQQoBrpic.twitter.com/P5mDRG490q— National Emergency Management Agency (@NZcivildefence) February 10, 2021
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned that waves of up to a meter above tide level may also hit the coasts of Fiji and of Vanuatu, while Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said there was a risk of tsunami "to offshore Australian islands and territories".
The warnings come after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck southwest of the Loyalty Islands, which are part of the French territory of New Caledonia. The quake was reported at 13:20 UTC, according to the US Tsunami Warning System, with the epicenter at a depth of 21 miles (33 kilometers) below sea level.Also on rt.com US and Europe are literally growing further apart as Atlantic Ocean widens each year
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