7.3 Earthquake Off Coast Of New Zealand Generates Tsunami

By Peter Fowler at 21 Oct 2011

(Newsroom America) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude 7.3 occurred in the remote Kermadec Islands region North of New Zealand on Saturday morning.

Seismologists in New Zealand said the earthquake was just 16 km deep and was located 230 km east of Raoul Island.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said sea level readings indicate a Tsunami was generated, which may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter.

It said no tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas in the Pacific but small non-destructive sea level changes may be evident in some areas for several hours.

The quake struck at 6:57am local time and was felt along the East Coast of New Zealand.

New Zealand Civil Defence issued a "potential tsunami threat" warning for New Zealand, but it was cancelled soon after.

(C) Newsroom America 2011

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