With files from the Associated Press
American Samoa has been placed under a tsunami warning and Hawaii on a tsunami watch after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake was registered in the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand.
HAWAII: Earthquake measuring 8.0 in the Kermadec Islands region. A TSUNAMI WATCH is now in effect for Hawaii. Tsunami threat being investigated. (Source: PTWC)
— U.S. Emergency Alert (@ENSAlerts) March 4, 2021
The northeastern coast of New Zealand was also placed on a tsunami warning, with the country’s civil defense ordering residents to “move immediately to nearest high ground… or as far inland as possible.”
TSUNAMI WARNING issued following Kermadecs earthquake. People near coast from the BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI, from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY, and GREAT BARRIER ISLAND must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible
— National Emergency Management Agency (@NZcivildefence) March 4, 2021
Kermadec Islands, located in the South Pacific approximately 500 miles (800 km) northeast of New Zealand, have been shaken by a series of tremors on Friday morning local time, ranging from 5.0 to 8.0 in magnitude.
Also known as Rangitāhua, the islands belong to New Zealand and are 1,200 miles (1,945 km) southwest of Samoa, and over 3,700 miles (6,800 km) from Hawaii.
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