New Zealand on early Friday downgraded its tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region sparking fears of a tsunami.
According to the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency, the 8.1- magnitude earthquake was the third to strike the area on Friday morning local time. As per media reports, residents in some areas received emergency alerts on their phones urging them to “EVACUATE NOW” because tsunami sirens ran out.
Acting upon this situation, the emergency agency issued a temporary evacuation order for the people living near the coast and warning them to not stay at their homes as a “damaging tsunami is possible”.
New Zealand earthquake of 8.1- magnitude had also triggered warnings in Hawaii and in American Samoa, which were later cancelled. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology reported observations of a 64 centimeter (approximately 2 foot) tsunami wave at its remote Norfolk Island.