Tsunami warning after massive 7.4 earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands
Tsunami warning after massive 7.4 earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands – north of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean
- A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of the Pacific after an earthquake
- A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region at 9am AEST
- If a tsunami does hit New Zealand, it is not predicted for another two hours
A massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake has struck the Kermadec Islands the Pacific Ocean sparking a tsunami warning.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management issued a beach warning, telling locals to expect unusually strong, hazardous currents and unpredictable surges near the shore.
The quake struck at about 9am (AEST) near the Kermadec Islands region – about midway between Auckland and Tonga.
Preliminary investigations suggest New Zealand may avoid the tsunami, but Kiwi’s are urged to take care near the foreshore.
A tsunami warning may be in place for parts of the Pacific after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region
The severity of currents and surges in tide may be unpredictable in the coming hours.
If a tsunami does hit New Zealand, it is not predicted to arrive for at least another two hours.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a statement warning a tsunami threat exists more urgently for parts of the Pacific located closer to where the earthquake took place.
Based on preliminary investigations, coastlines within a 300km radius of the epicenter could be threatened.
Concerned locals have been encouraged to keep updated by checking in with the website www.civildefence.govt.nz and Twitter @NZCivilDefence.
There is no current threat to Australia.
More to come.
If a tsunami does hit New Zealand, it is not predicted to arrive for at least another two hours
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