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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – An earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale off the coast of New Zealand struck the Kermatech Islands, the third strongest earthquake in the region in a single day.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) tweeted: “Significant earthquake, preliminary information: Richter scale 8, Kermatech Islands area”.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, at a distance of 1,100 km from Wagah, New Zealand.
Following the quake, New Zealand officials said a Emergency evacuation on North Island The New Zealand Herald newspaper reported that a tsunami alert was issued after a series of earthquakes.
“After the 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Kermatech Islands, residents were told to move to higher ground immediately,” the store said.
It adds that thousands of people are fleeing their homes, causing severe traffic congestion on roads around the affected areas.
According to data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), The 7.3 magnitude first earthquake It was recorded at 1:41 pm GMT time. The epicenter was reported 238 kilometers south of Gisborne in the northwest of the country, and the epicenter was reported at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The second quake was reported at 17.41 GMT. The epicenter was reported 998 kilometers north of Wangare in the country.
The third earthquake was very powerful and Its magnitude is 8.1 degrees On the Richter scale. The epicenter was reported 1,100 kilometers south of Wakaden, on the northern island of New Zealand. A tsunami alert was issued following the quake.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
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