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A 7.1 magnitude earthquake smashes New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands.

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On April 30, 2021, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck the Kermadec Islands, which are located about 1,000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 6.2.

The Kermadec Islands are a remote and sparsely populated chain of volcanic islands, and the earthquake did not pose a significant threat to human life or infrastructure. However, the earthquake did trigger a tsunami warning for the surrounding areas, including New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami warning for the region, advising people to stay away from beaches and coastal areas. In New Zealand, authorities urged people in coastal areas to move to higher ground or inland to avoid the potential impact of the tsunami.

Thankfully, the tsunami warning was later cancelled, as the waves did not materialize. However, the earthquake did cause some damage on the Kermadec Islands, which are home to a small research station and a weather monitoring facility.

According to reports, the earthquake caused some landslides and damage to buildings on Raoul Island, which is the largest of the Kermadec Islands and is home to the research station. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that all staff on the island were safe and accounted for.

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