The powerful earthquake was the third to hit the region on Friday morning, according to the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency.
The east coast of the North Island, from the Bay of Islands to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolaga Bay via Whakatane and Opotiki and Great Barrier Island are all included in the tsunami alert.
“The earthquake may not have been felt in some of these areas, but evacuation should be immediate as a destructive tsunami is possible,” the agency statement said.
“People living in all other areas who have felt a long or strong earthquake preventing them from getting up, or which has lasted for more than a minute, should move immediately to the nearest raised ground, out of all areas. tsunami evacuation areas or as far inland as possible. . “
The press release adds that the evacuation notice prevails over Covid-19 notices.
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