A new tsunami advisory was issued for parts of New Zealand and British Columbia on Friday after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the Kermadec Islands on the northeast of New Zealand’s North Island, soon after strong tremors shook the country.
This followed another large 7.2 magnitude earthquake about 900 kilometers away on the east of the North Island that struck just four hours earlier and was felt by tens of thousands, causing its own tsunami warning that was later lifted.
“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 (NME) of New Zealand tweeted.
British Columbia also issued a tsunami advisory, saying the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center is analyzing the event to determine the level of danger.
There were no immediate reports of damage from either earthquake.