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Published On: Sun, Nov 13th, 2016

Tsunami Hits New Zealand After Series Of Earthquakes

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epa05629748 People evacuated from buildings along Dixon Street, Wellington after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.4. earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country.  EPA/ROSS SETFORD

epa05629748 People evacuated from buildings along Dixon Street, Wellington after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.4. earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country. EPA/ROSS SETFORD

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WELLINGTON:  An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck central New Zealand just after midnight (1102 GMT Sunday), the U.S. Geological Survey said, generating a tsunami that hit the northeast coast of the South Island.

New Zealand’s Civil Defence warned residents along the country’s entire east coast to seek higher ground.Anna Kaiser, a seismologist at GNS Science said a tidal signal or surge of up to one metre (3 feet) had been recorded in North Canterbury region of the South Island.

“That’s reasonably significant so people should take this seriously,” she told Radio New Zealand.The quake was centered 91 km (57 miles) north-northeast of Christchurch, the biggest city on New Zealand’s South Island. A 6.3 quake there in February 2011 killed 185 people and caused widespread damage.

The tremor, which was measured by New Zealand’s Geonet at magnitude 6.6, was felt throughout most of New Zealand. Civil Defence said it was too early to assess the damage or whether there had been any injuries or deaths.

“The whole house rolled like a serpent and some things smashed, the power went out,” a woman who gave her name as Elizabeth told Radio New Zealand from her home in Takaka, near the top of the South Island.
Residents in Wellington said glass had fallen from buildings into the streets.A series of aftershocks were recorded around the country, some as strong as 6.1 magnitude.
© Thomson Reuters 2016

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