On Friday 5 March, a series of three large earthquakes were recorded offshore northeast of New Zealand. The epicenters of the quakes were near the Kermadec Islands, located about 900 kilometers northeast of New Zealand. The initial quake occurred at 2:27 am followed by several other quakes throughout the morning. Initial quakes caused the issuance of a tsunami alert early this morning in the northeast with the strongest at magnitude 8.1.
Since then other alerts were issued for the evacuation of north, east and west coastal areas of the North Island.
All missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in those areas are being asked to follow the instructions of local civil defense authorities and to go to higher ground. All mission presidents report that their missionaries are safe.
Missionaries in Opotiki and Whakatane are among many who have evacuated. President Jeffrey Erekson reports that missionaries are “in their respective evacuation points and helping others.”
The earthquakes triggered tsunami alerts in many parts of the Pacific including American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Hawaii.
All New Zealand alerts were cancelled at about 130 pm local time and people were allowed to return home. Many of the other Pacific alerts have been cancelled as well.
There are no reports of damage to Church owned buildings.
For more information, go to https://www.rnz.co.nz/news
Style Guide Note:When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide.
Los artículos de esta sección no son oficiales pero han sido tomados de una fuente confiable y acreditada. La traducción es automática y puede dejar mucho que desear, sin embargo, a pesar de estas deficiencias, se ha realizado un esfuerzo para poner la información al alcance del público de habla hispana. Para ver el artículo completo original en inglés, consulta la siguiente Fuente: http://news-nz.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/series-of-earthquakes-strike-new-zealand-s-northeast-coast