New Zealand Earthquake, 7.4-Magnitude, Strikes Near Christchurch

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Officials have warned that there is a tsunami threat for the whole of the eastern coast of New Zealand following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake which struck on Sunday.

The powerful earthquake near Christchurch caused strong tremors to be felt more than 200 kilometres away in the capital of Wellington.

Geoscience Aust show the 7.4 mag earthquake in Sth Island New Zealand could be felt over 1,800km away, damage for 148km radius pic.twitter.com/AqH63zTZr7

— Mark Hanrahan (@MarkHanrahan9) November 13, 2016

Despite earlier reassurance that there was no threat of a tsunami, the NZ Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has warned that a tsunami is now “possible.

Those on the eastern coast have been urged to move to high ground.

This is a local source event – we don’t have info about specific locations. The tsunami threat is for the East Coast of all NZ #eqnz

— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) November 13, 2016

Tsunami therat is for the eastern coast of the south island. anyone near the east coast of the south island should move to high ground #eqnz pic.twitter.com/C3GG01el1l

— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) November 13, 2016

A tsunami is possible. Anyone near the east coast of the south island should move to high ground #eqnz pic.twitter.com/XO1etK1WYq

— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) November 13, 2016

The Associated Press reports that there are no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

The earthquake struck shortly after midnight, local time, on Sunday.

It was centered 93 kilometers (57 miles) northeast of Christchurch, according to the US Geological Survey. It was at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Earthquakes tend to be more strongly felt on the surface when they’re shallow.

Five years ago 185 people died when an earthquake struck the city on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.