A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand – tsunami warning issued
A severe 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the east of New Zealand’s North Island early Friday, prompting a tsunami warning, and authorities advised people in coastal areas to move immediately to high ground. Tsunami waves were possible within 300 km of the quake’s epicenter.
The tremor was recorded early morning on Friday 5 March 2021 at 1:27 am local time, at an intermediate depth of 81.8 km below the surface. More than 60,000 people reported feeling the quake, with 282 people describing the shaking as “severe” and 75 saying it was “extreme.” Most others described it as light.
“Anyone near the coast who felt a LONG or Strong quake should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground,” said the National Emergency Management Agency in a tweet.
The closest major city to the epicenter is Gisborne with a population of about 35,500 residents. People near the coast from Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay were told to evacuate.