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New Zealand tsunami evacuation: Locals told to evacuate ‘immediately’- ‘Do not stay home!'

New Zealand: 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes just off coast

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A tsunami alert has been issued following an earthquake near New Zealand (Image: GETTY)

The evacuation order applies to: “The east coast of the North Island from the Bay of Islands to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolage Bay including Whakatane and Opotiki, and Great Barrier Island.”

People living in these areas are ordered to “move immediately” to high ground or as far inland as they can go.

The instruction comes from New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency.

They said: “The earthquake may not have been felt in some of these areas, but evacuation should be immediate as a damaging tsunami is possible.

People in all other areas who felt a long or strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or lasted longer than a minute, should move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

“Evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements.

 Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area.

“If you are told to evacuate do not stay at home. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so.”

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