• New Zealand is located on a seismic belt
• Three forceful earthquakes set off a tsunami warning
New Zealand was in for a tense time on Friday when an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 hit an area near Kermadec Island. Thousands of people, settled on the coastal areas were evacuated as the earthquake triggered a warning of a tsunami.
New Zealand is prone to volcanic activities as the country is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire. This is the region that surrounds the Pacific Ocean and is prone to volcanic and seismic activities.
The warning was later lowered to beach and marine threat. The evacuated residents were then allowed to return to their homes. The GNS Science confirmed that the largest wave passed without causing any kind of damage hence people could return.
New Zealand experienced three earthquakes in one day. The first earthquake that hit on Friday measured 7.0 in magnitude followed by another one with a force of 7.4 magnitude.