A 7.3 quake has struck 103 km northeast of Ruatoria, New Zealand prompting authorities to issue a Tsunami warning.
The USGS reported that the tremor occurred 13:27:36 (UTC) at 37.563°S 179.444°E with a depth of 20.8 km.
“Anyone near the coast who felt a LONG or STRONG quake should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, or as far inland as you can #EQNZ,” announced the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
NEMA further warned of possible coastal flooding on the east coast of the North Island from Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning System predicted that there could be waves of 0.3 to 1 meters in height following the quake.
Residents near the coast were advised to head to higher areas and prepare for immediate evacuation.
New Zealand’s seismological agency GeoNet received 60,463 reports of shaking while residents in Gismore reported feeling it.
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