Strong earthquake hits New Zealand coast and tsunami warning is issued

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  • A strong earthquake shook the east coast of New Zealand and the authorities issued a tsunami warning
  • According to the alert, the tsunami waves could be located within 180 miles of the epicenter
  • They advised residents to seek refuge on high ground

New Zealand authorities issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas after a powerful shallow earthquake struck off the northeast coast Thursday night, The Associated Press reported.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency warned of a tsunami threat in the eastern North Island of the country from the 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

New Zealand earthquake tsunami alert issued

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The US tsunami warning system predicted waves of 0.3 to 1 meter (1 to 3.3 feet).

Emergency officials issued the warning shortly after asking residents who felt the tremor to seek high ground or flee “as far inland as possible,” it reported. The Daily Mail.

For its part, the United States Geological Survey said the New Zealand earthquake measured a magnitude of 6.9. The agency said it was centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) under the ocean, about 178 kilometers (111 miles) northeast of the city of Gisborne.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center indicated that tsunami waves could be located within 180 miles of the earthquake’s epicenter.

Gisborne residents reported that they felt tremors They described it as a “very long, oscillating shaking” and noted that houses made “creaking” sounds. Some witnesses thought the quake had lasted up to a minute.

In 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook the city of Christchurch, leaving 185 people dead and destroying much of the city center.

The earthquake is a natural phenomenon, obviously we cannot avoid them, and we cannot predict them yet. This sudden shaking of the earth can be very dangerous depending on the magnitude of the movement. So the best way to avoid large losses is by informing ourselves and preparing ourselves for any contingency.

What to do in the event of an earthquake?

The Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security released a guide for prevention and information in the event of earthquakes. These are the things to consider:

It is important to always have the safe areas of your home, school or work identified.
In the event of an earthquake, stay away from furniture, lamps, and windows that could break.
Duck and cover. The most important thing is that you protect yourself.
Stay inside your home. Take the stairs if you need to go outside.
If you are on the street, stay away from buildings and power poles.
Protect your head with your arms.
If you are driving, stop the car in a safe place. Put on the flashing lights.
Do not walk barefoot, you could be injured by a sharp object that has fallen to the ground.
Use flashlights. Don’t light candles or use matches.
If you are trapped, hit with an object to signal your position. It is not advisable to yell, on the contrary, cover your mouth and nose so that the dust does not affect you.

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Civil Protection of Mexico also included in the list of things you must do before an earthquake that it is important to put together an emergency kit that contains:

A list of emergency phone numbers.
First aid kit with primary health care items.
Portable radio with batteries.
Battery powered flashlight.
Important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or deeds.

What things should NOT be done?

Elevators or elevators should not be used in the event of an earthquake.
Do not use matches or lighters. To illuminate, use flashlights.
Avoid running, yelling, or pushing others. Keep calm.
Avoid staying near kitchens or places where there are power lines.

It is advisable to have the account of the official security organizations in your country on your social networks so that you stay informed. This way you get information from the right source and know what to do or where to go in the event of an unexpected situation.

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