Strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes New Zealand, tsunami warning issued

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The tsunami wave is possible in 300 km (180 miles) from the epicenter of the earthquake, the word Pacific tsunami warning center.
The earthquake triggered warnings of a possible hazardous tsunami.(HT Archive)
The earthquake triggered warnings of a possible hazardous tsunami.(HT Archive)

The severe 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the east of North Zealand’s North Island on Friday, pushing the tsunami warning, and the authorities advised people in the coastal area to move to highlands immediately.

Tsunami waves are possible in 300 km of episentrum of the earthquake, the word Pacific tsunami warning center (PTWC).

“Anyone near the beach that feels a long or strong earthquake must move to the nearest plateau, or as far as you can,” said the National Emergency Management Agency in a tweet.

There are no direct reports of damage.

Geonet Seismic The New Zealand Geonet government pegged an earthquake on a magnitude of 7.2 with a depth of 94 km (58 miles).

More than 60,000 people reported feeling the earthquake on the Geonet website, with 282 people who described the shock as “severe” and 75 said it was “extreme”. Most other people describe it as light.

The closest big city to the epicentase center is Gisborne with a population of around 35,500 residents. People near the coast from Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay were told to evacuate.

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