Wellington (New Zealand): Thousands of people were evacuated from the coastal areas of New Zealand on Friday amid the threat of a tsunami in the ocean after a strong earthquake struck the South Pacific region.
However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of New Zealand later advised people to return home, saying that the danger was averted.
Several consecutive earthquake tremors were felt on the Kermadec Islands, a thousand kilometers from New Zealand. The most powerful earthquake of 8.1 magnitude occurred during this period.
Apart from this, tremors of magnitude 7.4 and 7.3 were also felt. In the wake of the tsunami threat, roads were blocked in many places in New Zealand and a situation of chaos ensued as most people were trying to move towards higher altitudes.
Locals also made videos of short waves at several locations in New Zealand, including Tokomaru Bay near Gisborne. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of New Zealand said earlier in the day that the threat had been averted and that people could return to their homes, but avoid going to the beach.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that the epicenter of the most powerful earthquake was at a depth of 19 kilometers near the Kermadec Islands. The USGS said in a report that in 1973 the region had suffered the most powerful recorded earthquake of magnitude 8.0.