Powerful earthquake strikes near New Zealand, sparking tsunami warning

Another powerful earthquake has struck off the New Zealand coast this morning, the third quake in just hours.

The magnitude 8.0 tremor hit around 9.00am New Zealand time on Friday, near the Kermadec Islands.

Residents in parts of the North Island are now being told to immediately move to higher ground, with a tsunami warning issued.


The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre confirmed a marine tsunami warning is also in place for Norfolk Island.

“No threat to the Australian mainland at this stage,” they said.

“For the marine environment of Norfolk Island there is the possibility of dangerous rips, waves and strong ocean currents, and some localised overflow onto the immediate foreshore commencing after 10:00 am Friday and persisting for several hours.

“While evacuations are not necessary for Marine Threat areas, people in these areas are advised to get out of the water and move away from the immediate water’s edge.”

It comes after a magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.1 quake struck earlier this morning.

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My daughter has declared herself safe, thank goodness. And she is a fair distance from the waterline