New Zealand earthquake: Powerful 7.4 magnitude sparks tsunami warning – latest updates

New Zealand earthquake: Powerful 7.4 magnitude sparks tsunami warning – latest updates

An alert from the UNESCO/IOC Pacific Tsunami warning and mitigation system said: “Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300km of the epicentre.”

Preliminary data from the organisation says the 7.4 magnitude quake struck south of the Kermadec Islands, which are around 800–1,000 km northeast of New Zealand’s North Island.

According to the USGS, the quake’s epicentre is around 685 km northeast of Opotiki, a town on New Zealand’s North Island.

It is unclear whether the North Island has felt the impact of the earthquake.

However, the UNESCO warning adds governments should inform and instruct any coastal populations.

New Zealand is situated on the seismic hotspot known as the Ring of Fire which runs around the Pacific Ocean.

More to follow.

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Published at Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:13:00 +0000