Thousands of New Zealanders have been told they can return to their homes after a powerful earthquake prompted tsunami warnings. Islanders on the east coast fled to higher ground following the series of quakes off North Island. Small tsunami waves were triggered by the earthquakes – with footage posted on social media showing surges of water entering a marina in Northland and on the North Island’s East Cape region. #Tsunami rolling into #TokomaruBay #eqnz pic.twitter.com/G7hVA9AcoM — Manu Caddie (@manucaddie) March 4, 2021 The largest waves have now passed and the threat level has been downgraded, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said. “All people who evacuated can now return,” it added. Advertisement Workers, students and residents were told to leave their homes in areas like Northland and Bay of Plenty – amid warnings tsunami waves could reach as high as 3m (10ft) above tide levels. The final quake had a magnitude of 8.1 and struck the Kermadec Islands, northeast of New Zealand ‘s North Island. More from New Zealand COVID-19: New Zealand to open travel bubble with Australia – but carries ‘flyer beware’ warning Tsunami warnings issued and thousands told to evacuate after powerful New Zealand quake COVID-19: Auckland faces… Read full this story
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