An earthquake of 8.1 magnitudes struck New Zealand’s north-east coast on Friday, following which a tsunami alert has been issued in this area. The earthquake struck Kermadec Island near northern Iceland. Earlier a magnitude 7.4 earthquake was felt in some areas. The first earthquake struck 900 kilometers from northern Iceland. It was of 7.2 magnitudes. New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued an alert regarding the tsunami after the earthquake.
The agency has included areas ranging from Matata to Tolaga Iceland, including Wotarei, Opotiki, Great Baron Island, as potentially threatened areas. The warning issued said that people living near the coastal areas should immediately move to the high altitude plains.
However, no major untoward information has been revealed from the earthquake, but a great catastrophe has been anticipated on the arrival of the tsunami. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has posted on Instagram asking people to stay away from coastal areas. He wrote in the post- Hopefully all will be away from the east coast areas.
This situation was created even 22 days ago
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck New Caledonia Island in the South Pacific, south of New Zealand, 22 days earlier. After which the alert was issued in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. There were sea waves up to three feet in these areas.
The entire area is located on the Ring of Fire
There is always a possibility of earthquake in New Zealand, Vanuatu and other Pacific islands. The area is located close to the Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped chain of seismic fault lines around the ocean.
This island is very special for France
New Caledonia in the southern Pacific Ocean is the Territory of France. According to an estimate, it accounts for about 10% of the total nickel reserves in the world. Nickel is used in electronics items. Because of this, this area is very important for France. China is trying to increase its dominance in this area. The bulk of New Caledonia’s exports go to China.
What is Tsunami?
When there is a strong movement within the sea, very high waves start to rise from it. These waves move with tremendous impulse. These high waves are called tsunamis.