New Zealand tsunami warning after magnitude 8.1 earthquake

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GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Residents wait on higher ground following a tsunami warning on March 5, 2021 in Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. A number of low-lying coastal areas were evacuated across New Zealand following a series of earthquakes this morning. While the threat level has now been downgraded, wave surges are still expected along coastal areas, with New Zealanders warned to stay off beaches. (Photo by Bridget Cameron)
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Residents wait on higher ground following a tsunami warning on March 5, 2021 in Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. A number of low-lying coastal areas were evacuated across New Zealand following a series of earthquakes this morning. While the threat level has now been downgraded, wave surges are still expected along coastal areas, with New Zealanders warned to stay off beaches. (Photo by Bridget Cameron)

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.

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