Tsunami Sirens Sound on New Zealand Coast After Powerful Off-Shore Earthquake

A tsunami warning was issued for large stretches of New Zealand’s northeast coastline on March 5 after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake – the third in the country that morning – struck the Kermadec Islands, about 600 miles northeast of the North Island.

New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency warned residents in areas ranging from the Bay of Islands down to Tolaga Bay to “move immediately” to higher ground or “or as far inland as possible.”

A tsunami warning was also issued in American Samoa, while Hawaii was placed under a tsunami watch. Credit: Sacha Judd via Storyful