Small waves hit NZ following 8.3 magnitude quake in Chile

A tsunami warning remains in place in New Zealand after small waves and strong currents reached the country after the 8.3-magnitude quake in Chile.

Small waves were recorded around the east coast of the country, following the massive tremor on Thursday morning.

Chatham Islands received the largest waves, with heights reaching about 50cm while other gauges around the country measured less than 30cms.


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Some residents living near to the coast relocated to the higher ground as a precaution and people have been told to expect unusually strong currents and unpredictable water flows near the shore.

The warning remained in place and people have been told to expect unusually strong currents and unpredictable water flows near the shore.

In Chile, at least 10 people have died and a million people have been forced to flee their homes following the earthquake, which was the sixth most powerful in Chile’s history and the strongest in the world this year.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves were also possible in French Polynesia, Hawaii and California, as well as smaller waves as far afield as Japan.

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