translated from Spanish: New Zealand cancels tsunami warning after two new earthquakes

The New Zealand authorities cancelled the tsunami warning issued thursday, following a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, followed by another 8.1 magnitude.The National Emergency Management Agency reported, through a statement, the lifting of the warning because the “threat” has passed, although it has warned that “strong and unusual currents” and “unpredictable waves” will continue for another 24 hours. The magnitude of the earthquakes for which the alert occurred was such that both Hawaii and Samoa have issued warnings to warn their population of the risk, while the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned ocean archipelagoes of the possibility of “dangerous tsunamis.” The New Zealand Civil Defense indicated the passage of the largest waves and that people who had been evacuated could return to their homes, although citizens have been alerted to keep away from the beaches. The alert already raised was the second issued in less than 24 hours, following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that occurred during the early morning near the archipelago, which rose a few hours later. This was, however, the third earthquake in one morning, as the National Emergency Management Agency has warned.The authorities had asked citizens of several islands to travel as far from the sea as possible in an “immediate way” and to look for the “nearest elevated land”, whether walking, running or cycling to avoid traffic jams.” Don’t wait. A tsunami causing damage is possible,” the entity had warned the inhabitants of the coastal areas of the northern part of the archipelago on its Twitter. Whangarei, the northernmost city in the country with more than 50,000 inhabitants, has experienced scenes of chaos as people leave their jobs and schools following the signs, according to ‘NZ Herald’. The last earthquake occurred in the Kermadec Islands northeast of Auckland and about 800 kilometres off the coast. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned of the possibility of “dangerous tsunami waves” and feared alerts on the shores of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuato and Wallis, and Futuna.La Hawaii Emergency Authority has ensured that the degree of threat it may pose to the coasts of Hawaii is being investigated , Oregon, washington state, Alaska and the Canadian province of British Columbia.In other countries whose coasts face the Pacific such as Chile, local authorities have issued a red alert for the possibility of a minor tsunami and have asked the population to be attentive to official information. In addition, Peru’s navy has announced that it will conduct “constant” monitoring of the situation following the new earthquakes, and the head of the National Tsunami Warning Center, Moacid Feraldo, has detailed that should any wave reach the Peruvian coast, “it would be very small” and they would do so in the early morning of Friday. The Ecuadorian Navy Oceanographic Institute (Inocar) has also warned that, as a result of the strong earthquake, “wave disturbances will occur on the Ecuadorian Littoral with a wave height between 30 and 40 centimeters at 03:30 a.m. local time on Friday, March 5, 2021.”

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