Tsunami waves were possible within 300 km of the quake’s epicenter, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
A shallow and powerful earthquake hit New Zealand’s northeast coast, officials warning of a possible tsunami threat and ordering residents to move to higher ground.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck 180 km northeast of the town of Gisborne at 2:27 a.m. Friday (1:27 p.m. GMT Thursday).
“Based on the preliminary parameters of the earthquake, dangerous tsunami waves are possible for coasts within 300 km of the earthquake epicenter,” said the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
The USGS initially set the earthquake at 7.3, then revised it to 6.9. He said the earthquake occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles).
Residents of Gisborne have reported mild to moderate tremors. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.
We are assessing whether the M7.3 EAST NEW ZEALAND NORTH ISLAND earthquake at 2021-03-05 02:27 AM created a tsunami that could affect New Zealand. We will provide an update as soon as the initial assessment is complete.
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