New Zealand tsunami alert issued at 6.9 magnitude

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A tsunami alert was issued after the quake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale off the coast of New Zealand on Thursday (4/3), according to the US Geophysical Institute (USGS)

“Tsunami waves that can reach 0.3 to one meter are possible,” said the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, according to the APE-MPE.

The quake occurred 180 km northeast of the city of Gizborn at 02:27 on Friday local time (15:27 today Greek time) at a relatively small focal depth of 10 km.

The quake affected northern New Zealand. At least 50,000 people reported it to the local Geonet surveillance application.

No casualties or damage have been reported so far.

New Zealand is located in the “zone of fire” in the Pacific Ocean, an area where tectonic plates of strong seismic and volcanic activity join.

The South Pacific country recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude Christchurch earthquake that killed 185 people in the southern island city.

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