Hundreds of workers, students and residents are fleeing to higher ground after a third, massive Pacific earthquake this morning – and a tsunami threat that affects much of the Northland, Bay of Plenty and East Coast coastlines.
Residents have been told to move immediately to higher ground after the magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands, 1000km northeast of New Zealand, at 8.28am (NZT). There is gridlock in cities such as Whangarei and on other roads around the affected regions.
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Quake strikes at a depth of 60km in the Pacific off Fukushima but no tsunami warning has been issued