New Zealand hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake, triggering tsunami warning

New Zealand was struck by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) triggering a tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

New Zealand hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

The earthquake hit the northern island of New Zealand on Friday, however, there is no longer a tsunami threat as confirmed by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). “Based on current scientific advice and information from coastal tsunami gauges there is no longer a threat to land areas. People who have evacuated can now return home.” said PTWC in a tweet.

The closest major city to the epicentre is Gisborne, with a population of about 35,500. However, there was no threat to the capital Wellington, and other regions, but civil defence authorities asked residents across the country to stay away from beaches and marine areas as there could be strong and unusual currents.

No immediate information on possible casualties, specific damage has been reported from the earthquake.

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