New Zealand was shaken by two earthquakes off its east coast on March 9, just four days after two powerful earthquakes struck near the Kermadec Islands, sparking tsunami fears and mass evacuations, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
A series of tremors were recorded in the morning, which forced evacuations along the country’s coast once again. A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded, followed by a less powerful 4.9-magnitude tremor. This time, no tsunami warning was issued.
On March 5, a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Kermadec Islands, and although residents of New Zealand were urged to stay off beaches and warned of a possible tsunami, no damage was reported.
NEMA took to Twitter on March 5, writing: “We have issued a NATIONAL ADVISORY: TSUNAMI ACTIVITY following the magnitude 8.1 earthquake near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION. We expect New Zealand coastal areas to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore.”
Swimmers, surfers, and beach-goers were urged to stay away from the coastal area due to unpredictable weather, while the NEMA alert system urged residents in other parts of New Zealand to evacuate their homes with a temporary evacuation order.
The Kermadec Islands are located around 800 to 1000 km northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. The North Cape from Ahipara to the Bay of Islands, the East Coast of the North Island from Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay, and Great Barrier Island, including the Chatham Islands, were all under NEMA’s beach and marine threat.
Map shows how close the Kermadec Islands are to New Zealand. (Courtesy of CNN)
No injuries were reported.
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