Moneycontrol Be a Pro
Get App
you are here: HomeNewsWorld
Last Updated : Jun 16, 2019 10:08 AM IST | Source: PTI

New Zealand cancels tsunami alert after powerful quake

The earthquake was given a preliminary magnitude of 7.4, but later downgraded to 7.2 by the US Geological Survey.

New Zealand | About 57 percent of people in New Zealand participate in charitable activities. (Photo: Reuters)
New Zealand | About 57 percent of people in New Zealand participate in charitable activities. (Photo: Reuters)

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake stuck near the remote Kermadec Islands northeast of New Zealand on June 16, briefly prompting a tsunami warning.

After initially forecasting "a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities", New Zealand's Civil Defence organisation gave the all-clear eight minutes later.

The earthquake was given a preliminary magnitude of 7.4, but later downgraded to 7.2 by the US Geological Survey.

Close

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also lifted its tsunami warning for parts of the South Pacific but said "minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake".

The earthquake struck at 10:55am (0425 IST) at a depth of 10 kilometres some 928 kilometres north-northeast of the New Zealand city of Tauranga in the North Island.

The Kermadecs are uninhabited apart from a few New Zealand conservation workers based on Raoul Island, the largest in the area.

The islands are the peaks of volcanoes, some of them active, that rise above sea level and are often rocked by earthquakes above magnitude 7.0. In recent years they experienced one in 2006, another in 2007 and two in 2011.

The Kermadecs are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotbed of volcanic and earthquake activity at the intersection of several tectonic plates.

The Great Diwali Discount!
Unlock 75% more savings this festive season. Get Moneycontrol Pro for a year for Rs 289 only.
Coupon code: DIWALI. Offer valid till 10th November, 2019 .
First Published on Jun 16, 2019 10:05 am
Loading...
NULL int(1)
Sections
Follow us on
Available On
PCI DSS Compliant