A tsunami warning was issued on Friday after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Kermadec, uninhabited Pacific islands that are part of New Zealand, authorities said.
Emergency services ordered the evacuation of coastal areas over long stretches of northern New Zealand (the North Island), after this apparently unsuccessful earthquake of victims and which occurred a thousand kilometers away, according to the American observatory USGS.
” Do not stay at home ! “
“People (being) near the coast in the following areas must immediately move to the nearest heights, out of all evacuation areas, or as far inland as possible,” ordered the National Emergency Management Agency. ” Do not stay at home ! She warned.
The earthquake, which occurred at 8:28 a.m. local time, was preceded by tremors of 7.4 and 6.9 in the same region.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned of potentially dangerous waves in New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu as well as Wallis and Futuna, among others.