WORLD Tsunami warning after 6.9 quake strikes off New Zealand

WORLD

Tsunami warning after 6.9 quake strikes off New Zealand

AFP

22:36, March 04, 2021

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of New Zealand's North Island Friday, the US Geological Survey said, triggering a tsunami warning from authorities.

File photo: Agencies

The USGS said the quake hit 180 kilometres (111 miles) northeast of the city of Gisborne at 2:27 am (1327 Thursday GMT), at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres.

"Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometres of the earthquake epicentre," the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

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