06 Jul '11, 8pm

N. Zealand, Tonga tsunami warning after 7.7 quake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: A tsunami warning was issued for New Zealand, the Kermadec Islands and Tonga Thursday after a powerful 7.7-magnitude undersea earthquake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicentre within minutes to hours," the centre said. The quake struck at 07.03am Thursday (1903 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of just one kilometre (0.6 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. Its epicentre was 160 kilometres (99 miles) east of Raoul Island, one of New Zealand's Kermadec Islands, and 914 kilometres from the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa. If a tsunami is generated, it could strike the mostly uninhabited Kermadec Islands by 1929 GMT Wednesday, Tonga by 2017 GMT and the eastern cape of New Zealand by 2052 GMT, said the ts...

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