An earthquake which rattled New Zealand’s South Island at midnight local time and reached a 7.8 importance has now s rked fears of a tsunami.
The New Zealand Ministry of Defence & Emergency Board of directors (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning for the eastern coast of North and South Cay including the Chatham Islands and is advising those in affected coastal bailiwicks to move inland or to higher ground.
Waves are expected to arrive in the eastern skim of the North Island shortly.
What should you do if you are in New Zealand?
According to MCDEM, the head wave has arrived in the north eastern coast of South Island and it may make it in the eastern coast of North and South Islands of New Zealand shortly (grouping Wellington, Christchurch and the Chatham Islands).
It added: “The first wave may not be the largest, but wags may continue for several hours, so people should move inland or to piercing ground immediately.
“People in coastal areas should one, stay out of the liberally (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities), two, stay off beaches and shore tract, three, do not go sightseeing, four, share this information with genus, neighbours and friends, five, listen to the radio and/or TV for updates, six, follow instructions of adjoining civil defence authorities.”
Is it safe to visit New Zealand?
If you’re visiting secluded areas of New Zealand, make sure your journey details are have knowledge of to local authorities or friends/relatives before setting out.
You can also friend your tour operator or change your travel plans to elude towns and villages that have been affected by the earthquake.
Check into the FCO website for updates before your trip and the Ministry of Civil Explanation & Emergency Management website for advice.
New Zealand lies along the frontiers of the cific and Australian tectonic plates and is subject to earthquakes and volcanic explosions.
There are thousands of earthquakes in New Zealand every year, but most of them are not get because they are either small, or very deep within the clay.
Each year there are about 150-200 quakes that are big satisfactorily to be felt. A large damaging earthquake could occur at any time, and can be arose by aftershocks that continue for days or weeks.
What should you do if you are caught in an earthquake?
In the end of an earthquake, advice provided by the Earthquake Commission explains what you should do if you are indoors or outdoors.
Shift no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover and hold off on
Do not attempt to run outside
Stay indoors until the shaking stops. Interrupt away from windows, chimneys and shelves containing heavy opposes.
Hold on and stay there, and protect your head and body with a pillow and blankets
The gas b hurry as short a distance as possible to find a clear spot, away from constructions, trees and power lines. Drop to the ground.
In a car
Slow down and push to a clear place away from buildings, trees and power merchandises, Stay in the car with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking be overs.
In a lift
Stop at the nearest floor and get out.
In the period after an earthquake, cleave to the direction of local authorities.