Sirens ring out as a tsunami hits the coast after a fierce earthquake – with people warned to move to higher ground.
A tsunami has hit New Zealand after a powerful earthquake struck the country’s South Island, with the country’s prime minister confirming two deaths.
The quake, which measured 7.5 in magnitude, led to waves up to two metres high, including in the Kaikoura area.
Police said one of the victims was found in a house in the coastal tourist town.
The Civil Defence Ministry had described the tsunami as “an event of life-threatening or national significance”.
It tweeted: “A tsunami has been generated, the first wave has arrived in the North Eastern Coast of the South Island.”
New Zealand lies on the boundary of two tectonic plates and is on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ – an area prone to earthquakes.
The country experience as many as 15,000 tremors a year.
Source : SkyNews