Massive 7.4 earthquake hits New Zealand and sparks a tsunami warning

BREAKING NEWS: Massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocks New Zealand and sparks a tsunami warning

  • A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has struck north-east of New Zealand on Friday 
  • The quake hit at a depth of about 33 kilometres, south of the Kermadec Islands 
  • There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the massive earthquake
  • However, tsunami waves are possible within 300km of the epicentre  

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has struck north-east of New Zealand.

The quake hit at a depth of about 33 kilometres, south of the Kermadec Islands.

A warning of hazardous tsunami waves within 300km of the epicentre of the powerful earthquake was issued within minutes. 

However, the  alert was later downgraded with no tsunami threat for New Zealand or Australia.

The quake hit at a depth of about 33 kilometres, south of the Kermadec Islands

National Emergency Management Agency warned that coastal areas may experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore. 

Close to 9,000 people felt the earthquake according to GeoNet, with many feeling weak to moderate shaking. 

The quake comes just days after another earthquake was felt off the Bay of Plenty about 5.30am on Tuesday. 

The 5.1 magnitude quake was 10 kilometres south-west of Te Kaha with a depth of 28 kilometres. 

A further three small earthquakes followed that day with the magnitude between 2.9 to 5.1.

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