The New Zealand authorities have downgraded the Tsunami warning after the third earthquake of 8.1 magnitude hit the Kermadec Islands region. New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a temporary evacuation order for the people near the coast.
The warning has been downgraded from a “land and marine threat” to “beach and marine threat,” which means that all residents who were asked to evacuate can now return to their homes.
The statement further added that people should stay away from beaches and rivers as unpredictable waves can continue in the coming days.
“Strong currents and surges can injure and drown people. There is a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, small boats and anyone in or near the water close to shore,” NEMA said in a statement.
People in Great Barrier Island, the East Cape and all near the Bay of Islands to Whangerai have been asked to move immediately and find shelter to higher grounds.