Coastal residents in NZ flee tsunami
CHRISTCHURCH: Residents in coastal areas of New Zealand fled early today after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck just after midnight, triggering a potentially “destructive” tsunami.
The earthquake, centred north of Christchurch in the South Island, was felt throughout the country, causing widespread damage but there were no reports of serious injuries.
As tsunami warning sirens were activated in South Island coastal towns and along the east coast of the North Island, police and emergency workers went doorto-door to evacuate seaside properties.
A destructive tsunami, with waves up to five metres was possible, the ministry of civil defence said. – AFP