Tsunami warning issued after powerful earthquake hits New Zealand

EMSC - New Zealand earthquakePhoto: EMSC

The Civil defense in New Zealand has issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas as a result of the strong earthquake that hit the country.

The quake east of Nordøya has been measured at a magnitude of 7.3, according to the authorities.

“It is a threat both on land and at sea,” the country’s Civil defense noted in a message on Twitter just before 3:30 PM Norwegian time.

Less than half an hour earlier, the Civil defense asked everyone who was along the coast and who felt a long or strong earthquake to move to the nearest elevated area immediately or as far from the coast as possible.

According to the USGS, the quake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale.

According to the USGS, the quake struck 180 kilometers northeast of Gisborne at a depth of about 10 kilometers.

The quake had its center east of Nordøya and hit at 2:27 AM on Friday night, local time, the Civil defense in the country informed via Twitter.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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