Coastal res­i­dents in NZ flee tsunami

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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