7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes in New Zealand generates tsunami


Wellington: An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 hit many parts of New Zealand , says officials.  No casualties have been reported yet, officials said.

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The aftershocks of earthquake were faced by the people for several hours after the initial earthquake which was noted to be 6.1.  Later, after three hours the havoc of tsunami was faced by the people. 

"The greatest wave height has already occurred, further waves are anticipated to be up to 20 centimetres," the Civil Defence organisation, which is responsible for national emergency management, said.

"Areas under 'marine and beach threat' can expect unusually strong currents and unpredictable water flows near the shore. This means a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities."

“The earthquake was minimal”, said East Coast Civil Defence Information Officer Sheridan Gundry.

"We haven't heard any reports of injuries or damage at all," she said. "There was power out in a few places but we've been let off pretty lightly as far as damage goes."

New Zealand might face tsunami in just few three days. The country has been given warning.

The tremors of the earthquake were faced by the people in around 30 kilometres region of New Zealand, according to US Geological Survey.   

The earthquake strikes the country at around 4:37 am and was centred 167 kilometres from the nearest main town, Gisborne, which has a population of around 45,000.

"It was enough to make me stand in the doorway," she said, recalling what she had been taught.

 "It was pretty severe shaking for a couple of minutes. Then a couple of very light tremors after that," he added.

"I'm actually 1,000 metres from the ocean but I'm up off sea level. "I'm looking like the only one left in town at the moment."

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