The essentials An earthquake struck off the New Zealand Kermadec Islands. A tsunami warning was issued for the country while authorities spoke of a proven risk to New Caledonia. Peru, Hawaii and Samoa could also be affected.
A tsunami warning was issued on the evening of March 4 following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Kermadec, uninhabited Pacific islands that are part of New Zealand, authorities said.
The earthquake, which apparently had no casualties, was preceded by tremors of 7.4 and 6.9 in the same region. It hit a thousand kilometers off the New Zealand coast at 8:28 a.m. local time (8:28 p.m. French time), according to the USGS observatory.
New Zealand tsunami warning, authorities urge people to evacuate their homes and climb higher altitudes after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck the neighboring region of the Kermadec Islands. # Earthquake #NewZealand pic.twitter.com/fvAOMQzqki
– Kheire Meirane Amare (@k_meiraneamare) March 4, 2021
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned, among other things, of potentially dangerous waves in New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna. New Zealand has ordered evacuation in some areas.
ud83c udf0a [ALERTE] After the 8.1 magnitude earthquake off the Kermadec Islands, the #Perou issued a #tsunami alarm. New Zealand Issues 3rd Tsunami Warning – Land and Sea. Immediate evacuation is required. (Authorities) # earthquake #NewZealand
– La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) March 4, 2021
A proven tsunami risk also hangs over New Caledonia, while Peru or Hawaii could also be affected.