Tsunami warning after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake off the archipelago

Tsunami warning after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake off the archipelago

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that “tsunami waves up to 0.3 to 1 meter high are possible.”

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The American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) said a 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurred off New Zealand overnight from Thursday March 4 to Friday March 5 (local time), triggering a tsunami warning. The quake struck 180 km northeast of the city of Gisborne at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km.

Tsunami waves of up to 0.3 to 1 meter are possible, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based in Hawaii (USA) has warned. The earthquake was felt strongly on the North Island of New Zealand. More than 50,000 people reported this on the local monitoring app Geonet. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

New Zealand is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a region of tectonic plate intersection with strong seismic and volcanic activity. The South Pacific country recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.3, which killed 185 people in the city on the South Island.

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