Tsunami Warning Issued In New Zealand Following Earthquake
The quake was 7.4 magnitude.
A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of the Pacific after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands- a region which includes New Zealand’s North island and parts of Tonga.
The quake struck at about 9am about midway between Auckland and Tonga.
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 Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued also issued a warning. According to their reports, the risk of tsunami is higher along coasts within 300 kilometres of where the earthquake took place.
However, based on a current assessment of the quake, it is believed a tsunami in New Zealand is unlikely.
Concerned locals have been encouraged to keep updated by checking in with the website www.civildefence.govt.nz and Twitter @NZCivilDefence.
If a tsunami does hit New Zealand, it is not predicted to arrive for at least another two hours.