Powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.0 prompts tsunami warning, third strong jolt strikes New Zealand

Powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.0 prompts tsunami warning, third strong jolt strikes New Zealand

A Tsunami warning has been issued for coastal areas of New Zealand following the magnitude 8.0 earthquake in the country’s northeastern coast on Thursday night.

Evacuation orders were issued for New Zealanders living in some areas on the east coast of the North Island after a third earthquake struck in the area on Friday.

The latest was a magnitude 8.0 quake that struck the Kermadec Islands, northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. This came shortly after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in the same region.

Earlier, another large 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 900 kilometres away on the east of the North Island and was felt by tens of thousands, causing its own tsunami warning. This warning was later lifted.

According to an official statement by the National Emergency Management Agency, a Tsunami warning was issued following the magnitude 8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near the Kermadec Islands region.

News Source: DNA India

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