‘Severe’ earthquake 8.1-magnitude strikes off east coast of North Island of New Zealand’
Evacuees have been told they can return home, after a “severe” earthquake hit the country in the early hours of Friday morning, prompting a tsunami warning.
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit at 2.27am on Friday. It struck 105km to the east of Te Araroa.
Initially, a tsunami warning was issued for the east coast of the North Island.
The National Emergency Management Agency has since advised that “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.”
In the minutes following the quake, more than 50,000 people reported feeling it on Geonet.
The vast majority of felt reports classified the quake as weak or moderate in strength.
Wellington man Wilson Chau said the rolling earthquake lasted “a good 30-ish seconds”.
Christchurch-based Bonnie Brown said the earthquake felt very different to the Canterbury quakes.
It was a long, slow, rolling earthquake, she said.
“My windows were making noise and my third-storey bedroom was rocking and rolling.
“It went for what felt was a long time.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent wishes to those affected by the earthquake.
“Hope everyone is ok out there – especially on the East Coast who would have felt the full force of that earthquake,” she said.
The message posted on Facebook and Instagram was accompanied by a map showing the earthquake’s ‘felt reports’.
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