The quake affected the Kermatech Islands in New Zealand. The country was hit by a tsunami alert, while officials said the threat to New Caledonia had been proven. Peru, Hawaii and Samoa could also be affected.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
The epicenter was reported below the epicenter, however; no tsunami alert was issued. It struck a thousand kilometers off the coast of New Zealand at 8:28 am local time (8:28 pm French time), according to the USGS laboratory.
A tsunami alert has been issued in New Zealand following an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in the neighboring Kermatech Islands, prompting people to leave their homes and reach higher altitudes. # Earthquake #NewZealand pic.twitter.com/fvAOMQzqki
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned of dangerous waves in New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, as well as Wallis and Futuna. New Zealand has been ordered to leave some areas.
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The risk of a tsunami hangs over New Caledonia, while Peru or Hawaii could also be affected.
“One to three meter waves will affect the whole of a new Caledonia. People should leave the beaches and stop all maritime activities. Children should not be taken away from school to avoid congestion,” Rosicinol, a spokesman for the Civil Defense, told NC Radio, citing a “real threat” from locals. At 10 a.m. (midnight in Paris) the expected wave is likely to “penetrate the ground”.