Powerful Earthquake Causes Massive Shaking in New Zealand
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, New Zealand’s most recent earthquake has a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 which struck 147 miles in Gisborne on the North Island. It occurred 8:27 EST on Friday which prompted authorities to issue a warning for New Zealand residents to evacuate.
Weather.com published an official statement in regards to a tsunami warning from New Zealand’s National Emergency Management that was released immediately after the earthquake, “Based on current scientific advice and information from coastal tsunami gauges there is no longer a threat to land areas. People who have evacuated can now return home”.
Despite officials alleviating the threat of the natural disaster through their announcement, the country’s coastal areas could still be impacted by the shore through the production of unpredictable surges and creating strange current patterns. Four aftershocks have been reported since the initial earthquake with one aftershock noted as a magnitude of 5.1.
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