Wellington, 4 March 2021 (dpa/MIA) – A second powerful earthquake has struck off New Zealand, with authorities issuing a tsunami activity warning.
A 7.1-magnitude quake struck off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island about 2:30 am (1330 GMT) on Friday.
A second earthquake, a 7.4-magnitude, was recorded near the Kermadec Islands, some 800 kilometres north-east of New Zealand, at about 7 am.
People living on the east coast in Northland, at the top of New Zealand, were warned to stay off beaches and out of the water following the Kermadec quake.
The National Emergency Management Authority said it “expected strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges” at the shore.
“Strong currents and surges can injure and drown people. There is a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, small boats and anyone in or near the water close to shore,” the authority said in a statement.
A tsunami warning issued for the earlier quake was lifted on Friday morning.
GeoNet, the country’s geological hazard monitoring agency, said the earlier quake was “severe” and was felt by 52,000 people across the country.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage for either quake.
In February, New Zealand marked 10 years since a major Christchurch earthquake that left 185 people dead.