November 2016 – CHRISTCHURCH, NZ– A powerful 7.8–magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand’s South Island on Sunday, triggering high waves and a tsunami warning as people fled buildings in a panic. The quake struck around 50 kilometers (around 30 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch, the US Geological Survey recorded, while waves of 2.49 meters above usual tide levels were measured near the epicenter by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). The country’s entire east coast is at threat of dangerous waves that could arrive immediately, the New Zealand Civil Defense said on Twitter in an advisory. “Move inland or to higher ground immediately,” the warning said.
And at least three aftershocks hit near South Island, the USGS said, some with a magnitude as high as 6.2. “This is the strongest [earthquake] I’ve ever felt,” Tamara Hunt told CNN. She was with her husband at their…
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