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Tsunami warnings lifted after the earthquake in New Zealand

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One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the South Pacific in modern history issued a tsunami alert in the ocean on Friday. Thousands of New Zealanders have been forced to evacuate the coastal areas. Small tsunami waves have been observed, where little damage has also been recorded so far.

The 8.1-magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec island region, about 1,000 kilometers from New Zealand, was the largest in a series of earthquakes that occurred two hours earlier, with two of 7.4 and 7.3 recorded. The tsunami threat resulted in a traffic jam in New Zealand. Anarchy was witnessed, as the public descended on a scuffle to move to a higher place.

New Zealand’s civil defense department advised people to walk or cycle to avoid getting caught in traffic. The agency told people near the coast in several areas to move immediately to high ground or get inland as far as possible. It said “strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges” with tsunami activity continuing for several hours.

Residents recorded videos of small waves at some locations, including Tokomaru Bay near Gisborne. In the afternoon, the National Emergency Management Agency said the threat had passed and people could return to their homes, although they should avoid the beaches. In 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Christchurch, killing 185 people and destroying much of the city.

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Here are top five selling cars in India right now: Watch list

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the largest-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in India in March 2021. It was followed by the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. Let us have a look at the sales numbers of all these models for the month of March 2021.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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