WATCH: People flee to higher ground, boats rush to safer waters after New Zealand says tsunami evacuation ‘overrides’ Covid alert
New Zealand has issued evacuation orders in the wake of three powerful earthquakes and a string of aftershocks, sending residents fleeing to safety as authorities say the emergency overrides the country’s Covid-19 restrictions.
Residents were instructed to evacuate some coastal areas “immediately” in the wake of a series of Friday morning’s quakes – three of them registering at more than 7.0 in magnitude – with the National Emergency Management Agency stating the order takes precedence over “the current Covid-19 alert level requirements” and warning of a “land and marine tsunami threat.”
BREAKING 🚨 Sirens activated around New Zealand coasts as evacuation is ordered due to tsunami alert issued after strong 8.0 magnitude earthquake.#NewZealand #Tsunami #earthquake pic.twitter.com/ScpwW406sx
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) March 4, 2021
Sirens were heard blaring as people fled to safety, while boats were seen racing both to and from shore, some seeking refuge in calmer waters further out at sea.
Boats racing out to sea from the Bay of Islands near Russell, New Zealand. 🌊⚠️
Russell is currently under a Tsunami Warning following an 8.1 magnitude #earthquake in the nearby Kermadec Islands region. (Sound On 🔉)
— Nash from Nashville (@NashWX) March 4, 2021
Alarm going off on the Hokianga Harbour, Northern West Coast. My friends are evacuating up the hill. Good call. pic.twitter.com/ONWieUXg9O
— Brian Holland (@brianholland) March 4, 2021
The country’s northern coast was placed under both a land and marine tsunami alert, where waves were expected to reach up to 3 meters high and make their way inland, while much of the rest of the island faces a lower “beach and marine” threat level, according to a map issued by NEMA.
— Stuff (@NZStuff) March 4, 2021
American meteorologist Brian Lada also noted that surveillance buoys around the Pacific were in “tsunami mode” after picking up unusual ocean currents.
— Brian Lada (@wxlada) March 4, 2021
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Source:RT World News