Tsunami warning issued after powerful earthquake off New Zealand
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has struck off the coast of New Zealand, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
New Zealand's Civil Defence have advised residents that there is a tsunami warning.
There is a potential tsunami threat for New Zealand following the 7m earthquake near Te Araroa at 4.38NZ time today. #eqnz— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) September 1, 2016
People in coastal areas should stay out of the water. Stay off beaches and shore #eqnz— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) September 1, 2016
The quake hit 105 miles (169 km) northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand, the USGS said.
That placed it off the NE coast of the northern island of the country.
The quake struck at a depth of 19.1 miles (30 km).
New Zealand's Civil Defence has also been offering advice to citizens on the east coast on Twitter.
We are currently assessing the situation following the 7.1m quake near Te Araroa. #eqnz— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) September 1, 2016
People in the affected area should expect aftershocks and remember to drop, cover and hold. #EQNZ— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) September 1, 2016