Tsunami not expected after quake near New Zealand

The earthquake struck at some 928 kilometres north-northeast of the New Zealand city of Tauranga in North Island at a depth of 34

The earthquake struck at some 928 kilometres north-northeast of the New Zealand city of Tauranga in North Island at a depth of 34

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center immediately issued a tsunami alert for the Kermadec Islands Region, which doesn't have a permanent population.

The severity of currents and surges in tide may be unpredictable in the coming hours.

"Current assessments indicate that coastal inundation (flooding of land areas near the shore) is not expected but this assessment may change".

The first tsunami activity may not be the most significant.

"Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the natural disaster is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand", Civil Defense said in an update at 11:45 a.m.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre also initially said small tsunami waves were possible for parts of the South Pacific but updated its advice to say there was now no tsunami threat.

This warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.

The quake occurred at 10:55 a.m.

The huge tremor struck near New Zealand's Kermadec Islands at about 11.55pm on Saturday (GMT).

The U.S. Geological Survey said the natural disaster hit a spot about 873 kilometers (541 miles) northeast of Ngunguru, New Zealand, a town of about 1,400 people.

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