Residents on New Zealand’s eastern coastline fled their homes early Monday morning after powerful earthquakes triggered a tsunami.
Officials urged residents in Wellington, Christchurch, the Chatham Islands and other coastal areas to move inland or seek higher ground after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck shortly after midnight local time.
A magnitude-6.5 temblor hit shortly after about halfway between Wellington and Christchurch, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
Cars clogged the roads and tsunami sirens blared on New Zealand’s South Island as waves approached the northeastern coast. Emergency officials warned of tsunami waves as high as 5 meters, or over 16 feet, along certain stretches of South Island. Read more…