Busy Parent Briefing: 7.8 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand, Tsunami Warning Issued, Then Called OffDanielle Sullivan
New Zealand suffered a 7.8 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami warning. Thankfully, the tsunami warning was dismissed, but the quake’s repercussions have not been immediately identified.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 7.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of New Zealand, in the Kermadec Islands region.
The tsunami warning was initially issued for New Zealand, the Kermadec Islands and Tonga. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Center, which issued the original warning after the quake, later cancelled its warning, but reported waves were 2.2-2.7 feet (68-84 cm) high around Raoul Island, the main island in the Kermadecs.
New Zealand civil defense still warns that people should stay out of the water and away from beaches in the surrounding areas:
“We might get quite extreme currents, so it is a threat to boats, but we’re not anticipating damage to land,” Clive Manly the civil defense controller for the Auckland region, told a New Zealand radio station.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 7:03 a.m. on Thursday (1903 GMT on Wednesday) at the epicenter, 131 miles (211 km) east of Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec archipelago, and was only 30 miles (48 km) deep, the USGS said.
The Kermadec Islands are uninhabited except for science and conservation teams, and sit around 1180 kilometers north east of New Zealand.