Pacific Tsunami Warning Released Following 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake in New Zealand
PACIFIC TSUNAMI – Following the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that hit New Zealand, a tsunami alert in the Pacific was raised.
Several countries across the globe are prone to earthquake which occurs when the tectonic plates get stuck as they move due to friction. It is a sudden slip on a fault and its intensity may vary.
Most nations that are prone to quakes are those lying in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Major quakes cannot be really predicted and what the scientists in the United States Geological Survey (USGS) can do is calculate the probability of quakes that may happen in an area.
Earthquakes can occur both in land and underwater. Usually, when it happens in the coastal areas or near it, a threat of tsunami is the next concern.
Tsunami is a series of huge waves triggered by earthquakes or undersea volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, it can cause widespread destruction.
Recently, a Pacific tsunami alert crossed the surface following an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the quake hit near Kermadec Islands, a remote area which is part of New Zealand.
Prior to the said 8.1 magnitude earthquake, two (2) powerful quakes were recorded. Based on the report, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that there is a possibility of waves measuring up to 10 feet to occur in the French territory of New Caledonia and the Pacific region nations of Vanuatu.
Furthermore, smaller waves have the possibility of occurring in Mexico, Russia, Japan, and the South American Coast. More updates may be posted soon.
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