06 Jul '11, 9pm

Tsunami alert for N.Zealand, Tonga cancelled

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: A tsunami alert for New Zealand and Tonga was cancelled Thursday but a risk of dangerous seas remained after a strong 7.6-magnitude undersea earthquake, officials said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWS) issued the tsunami warning after the quake struck off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands at 07.03am Thursday (1903 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of just one kilometre (0.6 miles). Initially measured at magnitude 7.8, the US Geological Survey later downgraded the tremor to 7.6 and the PTWS said it might have caused destructive waves near the epicentre at the Kermadecs, northeast of New Zealand. It added: "No tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas in the Pacific, although some other areas may experience small sea level changes. The tsunami warning is now cancelled for all areas covered by this centre." New Zealand Civil Defence said a marine th...

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