Tsunami warning after massive 7.4 earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands – north of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean

7.4 Tsunami warning message strikes Kermadec Islands – north of New Zealand, in the Pacific Ocean

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake triggered a tsunami warning on the Kermadec Islands in the Pacific.

The New Zealand Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Preparedness has warned the beach, urging people in the region to expect exceptionally strong and dangerous currents and unpredictable waves near the shore.

The quake occurred at about 9:00 am (AEST) near the Kermadec Islands region, about halfway between Auckland and Tonga.

Preliminary studies have indicated that New Zealand could avoid the tsunami, but kiwis are encouraged to take care near the foreshore.

New Zealand’s civil defense briefly issued its first warning with a statement on Twitter: “According to the latest information, the initial assessment is that it is unlikely that the earthquake caused a tsunami that poses a threat to New Zealand. Zealand “.

The strength of currents and tidal waves can be unpredictable in the next few hours.

If a tsunami struck New Zealand, it was expected that it would arrive within two hours of the first earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii warned that a tsunami threat affecting areas of the Pacific closer to the earthquake site is more urgent.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the coasts may be threatened within 300 km of the epicenter.

Affected locals were invited to stay informed by visiting www.civildefence.govt.nz and Twitter @NZCivilDefence.

There is currently no threat to Australia.