Three major earthquakes have struck off New Zealand. The strongest occurred near the Kermadec Islands at a depth of 19 kilometers.
After the very strong vibrator, the early warning system reactivated a tsunami warning for some regions of the North Island. Residents who live near the coast were called on by the national civil protection service to get out of the danger zone immediately. “Do not stay at home,” warned the authorities. According to the appeals, the fleeing people should avoid driving, but there were traffic jams on the escape routes around Whangarei.
Tsunami warning for the entire Pacific
A tsunami warning was later issued for the entire Pacific. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in the US state of Hawaii announced that waves up to three meters high can be expected on the coasts of the island state of Vanuatu and the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.
Smaller waves could even reach Japan, Russia, Mexico and the coast of South America.