New Caledonia: Fear after tsunami warning

More afraid of loss. A tsunami alert began in New Caledonia on Friday morning, following the 8.1-magnitude earthquake near Kermadec, the uninhabited Pacific Islands that are part of New Zealand, but the dreaded wave did not eventually rise.

Two hours after the warning was triggered “French had been lifted across the Pacific”, Foreign Minister Sebastian Lacornu tweeted at around 2:25 pm (Paris time).

The highest wave, one meter, occurred on Marley Island in New Caledonia, in the Archipelago of Loyalty Archipelago, while on Pine Island, in Yete and in Nouméa of waves between 45 cm and 80 cm, was indicated. Local civil defense, specifying that no damage was done.

After a series of powerful earthquakes, thousands of people fled towards the heights and inland in the coastal areas of New Caledonia, New Zealand and Vanuatu on Friday.

On Friday morning, 64 New Caledonian tsunami warning sirens sounded on the beaches of Noumea and firefighters evacuated the bath and athletes. Most of the shops also had their curtains down, the AFP found.

The southern province said the toll-free number has been made available to the population, while 11 schools near the coast in Naumiya have been evacuated.

“A wave of one to three meters will affect the whole of New Caledonia. People should leave the beaches and stop all maritime activities, children should not be picked up from school, so as not to create congestion”, warns before NC radio Thea 1 Alexander Rosignol, a spokesman for Civil Security, reported a “real danger”.

– Traffic jam –

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The rise in water level was much lower than expected. In the end, only a few people found themselves a little dehydrated after being stuck for several hours in a traffic jam in Tahiti. It was actually forbidden to travel on the east coast, causing traffic jams north-east of Tahiti.

An earthquake of 8.1 magnitude occurred near the deserted Pacific island of New Zealand, Kermadec. The earthquake, which occurred at 08:28 GMT (19:28 GMT Thursday) local time, occurred in the same area before the shock of 7.4 and 6.9.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has warned that waves up to three meters high could hit Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

The organization said that there were chances of small waves coming from the coasts of South America along with Japan, Russia and Mexico in countries with high earthquake.

Peru issued a tsunami warning on its 3,000 km long coastline on Thursday evening, but without an evacuation order for the time being. “The arrival of the waves (…) is expected in the morning on March 5,” the National Emergency Operations Center (Koen) said on Twitter.

According to the National Emergency, in Chile, it is a “yellow alert for coastal municipalities” and “a precautionary condition necessary to leave beach areas in the event of a short tsunami with waves of up to one meter.” Office (Onemi).

New Zealand’s emergency services initially ordered evacuation of coastal areas over long stretches of northern New Zealand (North Island). Hours later, shortly after 00:00 GMT on Friday, the National Emergency Management Agency, however, withdrew its alert, and assured that “the biggest waves have now passed”.

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This South Pacific country, used for seismic and volcanic activities, has just marked the 10th anniversary of the 6.3-magnitude Christchurch earthquake that killed 185 people.

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