A severe 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the east of New Zealand’s North Island this morning, prompting a tsunami warning that was later withdrawn, although residents were asked to stay alert.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake.
There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties, but the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency advised people in some coastal areas to move immediately to high ground.
There was no threat to Wellington, and other regions, but civil defence authorities asked residents across the country to stay away from beaches and marine areas as there could be strong and unusual currents.
More than 60,000 people reported feeling the quake with 282 people describing the shaking as severe and 75 saying it was extreme. Aftershocks were still being recorded in the area.
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