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New Zealand's man hilarious reaction to the earthquake which he though was person shaking his van

A man caught up in the New Zealand earthquake scare has left viewers in hysterics after explaining his reaction to the first tremor on live TV.  

Four quakes hit near the Kermadec Islands region to the country's north-east on Friday morning, prompting thousands of Kiwis on the North Island to evacuate to higher ground.

But one man told New Zealand television he had mistaken the tremors for a person shaking his van, and said he got out looking for the culprit. 

This man told New Zealand television he had mistaken the tremors for a person shaking his van, and said he got out looking for the culprit

'I thought someone was shaking my van, so I'm out there running around starkers in the bush looking for who was shaking my van,' he told NewsHub.

'It was an earthquake.' 

'So that was pretty funny!' 

One amused viewers described the man's reaction as the 'best laugh I had today!' 

Another said: 'That's funny. If he's never felt an earthquake before it's reasonable for him to think that. At least he's safe.'  

In New Zealand, workers, students and residents in areas like Northland and Bay of Plenty were being assisted by civil defence officials after authorities warned tsunami waves could reach three metres above tide levels.

Coastal areas under threat extended from the Bay of Islands to Whangarei and from Matata to Tolaga Bay, as well as Great Barrier Island.

Kiwis have since returned to their homes, with the threat passed.

Elsewhere, tsunami waves penetrated almost 30 metres inland at New Caledonia's Isle of Pines, while small tsunamis were recorded in Vanuatu, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Tonga. 

People walking to higher ground Papamoa Beach, New Zealand amid tsunami warnings above

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