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No Tsunami After 6.3 Quake in Kermadec Islands

March 6, 2019, 7:58 AM HST
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There is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi after a magnitude 6.3 (preliminary 6.6) earthquake reported south of the Kermadec Islands (northeast of New Zealand) this morning.

The quake occurred at around 5:46 a.m. HST on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Officials with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say that based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi.

According to the USGS, the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km and was centered:

  1. 497.1 miles SW of Whitianga, Waikato, New Zealand;
  2. 504.3 miles SW of Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand;
  3. 514.3 miles SSW of Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand;
  4. 518.9 miles SW of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand; and
  5. 519.3 miles WSW of Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand.

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