Tsunami warning issued after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of NZ

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) informed that there were no immediate reports of damage but there were land and marine threat in some areas of the east coast of North Island.

On Friday, a severe 7.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 94 kilometres struck off the east of New Zealand’s North Island. A tsunami warning has been issued. Authorities have advised people in coastal areas to move immediately to high ground.

There were no immediate reports of damage, but the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said there were land and marine threat in some areas of the east coast of North Island.

Via a tweet, NEMA informed, “Coastal inundation (flooding of land areas) is expected in areas under Land and Marine threat,”

Authorities informed that the first waves may have potentially already reached areas around East Cape from Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay at around 3:34 a.m. local time.

They said tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until the warning is cancelled.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Instagram posted, “Hope everyone is ok out there – especially on the East Coast who would have felt the full force of that earthquake,”