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No tsunami threat after M7.4 quake

No tsunami threat after M7.4 quake

Posted June 19, 2020
Emergency Services

There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the M7.4 earthquake that struck 710km north-east of Gisborne at 12.50 am.

The National Emergency Management Agency says New Zealand coastal areas may experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore.

The quake was felt by nearly 9000 people according to GeoNet figures.

About an hour before the 7.4 shake, a magnitude 5.1 quake struck about 100km east north east of the main Tongan islands.

This morning’s rattle follows a strong quake which struck the eastern Bay of Plenty this week.

The 5.1 magnitude quake was 10 kilometres south-west of Te Kaha, at a depth of 28 kilometres, about 5.30am on Tuesday.

It was the first of four quakes reported south-west of Te Kaha on Tuesday, ranging from 2.9 to 5.1 in magnitude.