March 28, 2023

Earthquake in New Zealand: Earthquake of New Zealand, Tsunami waves in the sea

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Auckland. A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake has occurred in the Pacific Ocean near the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand’s mainland. Small tsunami waves have also been observed on a nearby island after the earthquake. Seismologists gave this information on Thursday. This earthquake occurred on Thursday at 1:56 pm local time. The epicenter was about 195 kilometers (121 mi) south-east of Raoul Island, the largest of the Kermadec Islands, or 1,125 kilometers (700 mi) north-east of Auckland.

The US Geological Survey said the initial magnitude of the quake was 7.0, while it was earlier estimated at 7.1. This earthquake came about 22 kilometers (14 mi) below the sea level, due to which waves started rising in the sea. Soon afterwards a tsunami warning was issued for the Kermadec Islands, Fiji, New Zealand and Tonga, but when it was determined that there was no danger, the tsunami alert was withdrawn.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said very small tsunami waves were observed at two locations on Raul Island. Both these places are permanently uninhabited except for a manned weather and radio station. In an update, the center said, “In the next few hours, there may be minor fluctuations in sea level in some coastal areas near the earthquake.” Be alert near the sea and take normal precautions. Apart from this, no other action is needed.

The Kermadec Islands and surrounding areas of New Zealand are part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a center of fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin and affected by large earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions also occur in this region. Earlier this month, a powerful but deep earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck the Pacific Ocean near the Kermadec Islands. Earlier in June 2019, a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake triggered a small tsunami off Raul Island.

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