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7.1 magnitude earthquakes hits New Zealand

Following the tremors that hit New Zealand's North Island earlier this morning, the potential threat of aftershocks and a tsunami are still looming.

Earlier this morning, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the East Cape of New Zealand, with aftershocks expected to be felt for days to come.

With tremors being felt on the North Island, as well as the upper South Island, a tsunami warning was released following the 4:37am earthquake, which was centred 167 kilometres from the small community of Gisborne on New Zealand’s North Island.

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Evacuations of nearby areas continue to be conducted, however, New Zealand authorities have lifted the initial tsunami warning.

Despite this, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in New Zealand still urge people to take the threat of a tsunami seriously, particularly those living on the east-north coast of the North Island.

“Coasts may… experience unusual, strong currents and sea level fluctuations lasting for several more hours. Keep out of the water,” a statement posted on their website.

“If you feel further shaking which is too strong to stand up, or over 1 minute in duration, move to higher ground immediately. Aftershocks are expected – remember to drop, cover and hold.”

Things to remember post-earthquake:

  • If a tsunami warning is in place, seek refuge on high ground

  • If you hear the tsunami sirens sound, or you’re officially told to evacuate, evacuate the coastal evacuation zones of where you live

  • If you feel strong tremours (lasting longer than six minutes), don’t wait for the tsunami siren – leave immediately

  • Listen to your local radio station for any updates from emergency and government officials on what to do next

  • Steer clear of fallen-down powerlines, broken gas lines, and avoid damaged areas

  • Be mindful that your pet could be very distressed post-quake and try to keep them under your control

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