Breaking: New Zealand 'prepares for tsunami' after massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake


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A massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake has struck the Kermadec Islands the Pacific Ocean sparking a tsunami warning.

New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management issued a beach warning, telling locals to expect unusually strong, hazardous currents and unpredictable surges near the shore.

The quake struck at about 9am (AEST) near the Kermadec Islands region - about midway between Auckland and Tonga.

Preliminary investigations suggest New Zealand may avoid the tsunami, but Kiwi's are urged to take care near the foreshore.

 A tsunami warning may be in place for parts of the Pacific after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region

A tsunami warning may be in place for parts of the Pacific after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region

The severity of currents and surges in tide may be unpredictable in the coming hours.

If a tsunami does hit New Zealand, it is not predicted to arrive for at least another two hours.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a statement warning a tsunami threat exists more urgently for parts of the Pacific located closer to where the earthquake took place.

Based on preliminary investigations, coastlines within a 300km radius of the epicenter could be threatened.   

Concerned locals have been encouraged to keep updated by checking in with the website www.civildefence.govt.nz and Twitter @NZCivilDefence.

There is no current threat to Australia. 

More to come.

 If a tsunami does hit New Zealand, it is not predicted to arrive for at least another two hours

If a tsunami does hit New Zealand, it is not predicted to arrive for at least another two hours

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