Earthquake of 7.4 magnitude strikes north-east coast of New Zealand's Kermadec Islands; no tsunami threat
Strong tremors were felt across the east coast of North Island in New Zealand. GeoNet said that the offshore quake hit at 12.49 am.
Wellington (New Zealand): An earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitude on Richter scale struck the coast of Gisborne in the northeastern part of the country on Friday, according to New Zealand's geological hazard monitoring agency GeoNet.
Strong tremors were felt across the east coast of North Island in New Zealand. GeoNet said that the offshore quake hit at 12.49 am. (local time).
There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the M7.4 SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS earthquake. Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand.
— National Emergency Management Agency (@NZcivildefence) June 18, 2020
The quake was 33 km deep, and about 700 km northeast of Gisborne, a city in the east coast of the North Island.
A police spokesperson said no damage had been reported as a result of the quake.
The National Emergency Management Agency announced there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the earthquake.
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