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Tsunami watch for Hawaii & Samoa lifted after series of powerful quakes strike New Zealand, triggering evacuations

Tsunami watch for Hawaii & Samoa lifted after series of powerful quakes strike New Zealand, triggering evacuations
American Samoa was briefly placed under a tsunami warning and Hawaii on a tsunami watch after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake was registered in the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand.

The northeastern coast of New Zealand was also placed on a tsunami warning, with the country’s civil defense ordering residents to “move immediately to nearest high ground… or as far inland as possible.”

The advisories for both Hawaii and American Samoa were lifted after several hours, however, while the US National Weather Service also determined there was no tsunami threat to the American West Coast.

Kermadec Islands, located in the South Pacific approximately 500 miles (800 km) northeast of New Zealand, have been shaken by a series of tremors on Friday morning local time, ranging from 5.0 to 8.0 in magnitude.

Also known as Rangitāhua, the islands belong to New Zealand and are 1,200 miles (1,945 km) southwest of Samoa, and over 3,700 miles (6,800 km) from Hawaii.

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The US Geological Survey says the quake’s epicenter was at the depth of 10 kilometers, at the coordinates 29.729° South by 177.262° West.

The 8.1 quake happened almost two hours after the 7.7 quake registered nearby, but at a depth of 55.6 kilometers.

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