Tsunami warning issued after quake strikes off New Zealand | Earthquakes News


Tsunami waves were possible within 300km of the quake’s epicentre, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says.

A shallow, powerful earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of New Zealand with officials warning of a possible tsunami and ordering residents to head for higher ground.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit 180km (111 miles) northeast of the city of Gisborne at 2:27am on Friday (13:27 GMT Thursday).

“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300km of the earthquake epicentre,” the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The USGS initially pegged the quake at 7.3, then revised it down to 6.9. It said the quake occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 10km (6 miles).

Residents of Gisborne reported light to moderate shaking. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

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