A damaging tsunami risk has been assessed and dismissed by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in waters north of New Zealand.
America Geological Survey reported the main earthquake close to Raoul Island in New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands group at 12:41pm native time on Monday.
The largely uninhabited islands are situated roughly 1000km northeast of Auckland, midway between New Zealand and Fiji, and between two tectonic plates.
The earthquake was shallow, at simply 49km deep, and was adopted by a pair of aftershocks measured at 5.4 and 5.3 magnitude.
A small tsunami of 20cm was recorded on Raoul Island, in line with GNS Science.
“Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre suggested no tsunami risk was forecast for New Zealand or surrounding areas,” GNS Science seismic responsibility officer Katie Jacobs mentioned.
“The Nationwide Emergency Administration Authority introduced the risk had handed at 1:58pm.”
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