Memories of the devastating Christchurch earthquake ten years ago are awakened: New Zealand has been shaken again by violent tremors. The authorities warn of tsunamis.
Another violent earthquake occurred off the coast of New Zealand on Friday (local time). The national disaster control called on residents in some regions of the North Island to get to safety. The US tsunami warning system also worked. According to data from the United States Geological Survey, the quake around the Kermadec Islands had a magnitude of 8.1.
The region had already shaken violently before. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand on Friday night (local time). According to reports, the tremors were felt across the region, including major cities like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. After this quake, there was initially a tsunami warning, but it was lifted a few hours later.
Many people flee inland
“Hope everyone is okay out there,” wrote New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Instagram, “especially those on the east coast who must have felt the full force of the earthquake.”
The civil defense in New Zealand asked people in coastal regions to move to higher areas, reported the newspaper “New Zealand Herald”. Many people in the region had already made their way inland by car after the warnings on Friday morning. The civil protection agency appealed to citizens to stay away from the water and beaches and to follow the news on radio, television and the Internet.
Just last month, New Zealand thought of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake ten years ago. On February 22, 2011, 185 people were killed in the largest city on the South Island. The quake had a magnitude of 6.2.