Published: Fri, March 05, 2021

New tsunami warning for New Zealand after another powerful quake detected

New tsunami warning for New Zealand after another powerful quake detected

The NEMA said while the first waves may have reached the coast just after 3.30am (1.30am AEDT) the first wave would not necessarily be the largest.

Another tsunami warning has been issued for parts of New Zealand's North Island after a *third* quake has struck the nation on Friday morning.

The tsunami warning in New Zealand was lifted on Friday afternoon.

Residents recorded videos of small wave surges in some places, including at Tokomaru Bay near Gisborne.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines following the 7.3 magnitude quake that hit New Zealand on Thursday night, March 4.

Just last week, New Zealand marked the 10th anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude natural disaster that destroyed parts of Christchurch in the south Island, killing 185 people.

But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand was among those given an early morning wake-up.

"If you are near the coast from the Bay of Island to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolaga Bay and Great Barrier Island, you must move immediately to higher ground", the country's office of the Red Cross tweeted.

The largest waves have now passed and the threat level has been lowered, the agency said.

Emergency Services Minister Kiri Allan said the entire town of Opotiki, about 4,000 people, had emptied out as coastal communities responded to the warnings.

Multiple Twitter user said they felt the tremors in Auckland, to the north-west of the quake, while archaeologist Brigid Gallagher said she didn't feel anything on her "sand dune" at Waihi Beach, closer to the epicentre. Guatemala issued a tsunami alert, and authorities in El Salvador ordered people to take precautions in recreational activities.

Officials said in the hours afterwards that the threat "must be regarded as real". Other areas of the Pacific including Mexico, Peru and Chile, could see waves of up to 1 meter.

The quake occurred 178 kilometers northeast of the North Island at a depth of 10km, the USGS said.

Although the islands are uninhabited, New Zealand has built research and accommodation facilities there and often had scientists cycling through until the coronavirus hit past year and it halted the program.

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