Breaking News: A powerful earthquake has rattled most of New Zealand tonight.
A powerful 7.4 preliminary magnitude earthquake hit under the sea North East of New Zealand’s north island just after midnight local time.
According to shake maps generated by the Australian geological organisation, Geoscience Australia, the quake was felt across all of New Zealand’s north island and much of the south.
The quake was initially reported as a 7.2 however was quickly upgraded to 7.4 after more data was collected.
Data from the earthquake
Region: South of Kermadec Islands
UTC: 2020-06-18 12:49:48
Lat: -33.59, Lon:-176.91
People in Auckland reported feeling a “long” earthquake.
New Zealanders took to Twitter to report feeling shaking.
The Pacific Tsunami warning centre in the US reported the quake would not generate a tsunami near US Territories. However there could be a risk to islands and coastal areas in the region.
New Zealand’s civil defence said in a rushed tweet that they were assessing any Tsunami risk to the country.
Australian authorities said there was no tsunami threat to the east coast of Australia or islands off Australia like Lord Howe.
Tsunami Info Stmt: M7.4 South Of Kermadec Islands 0550PDT Jun 18: Tsunami NOT expected; CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) June 18, 2020
More to come
The Sydney News Authors