Weather and Natural Disasters

Magnitude 7.3 quake strikes New Zealand; tsunami warnings possible, says PTWC

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media regarding the latest case of COVID-19 coronavirus infections, on August 12, 2020.
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An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck New Zealand early on Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering warnings of a possible hazardous tsunami from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Tsunami waves were possible within 300 km (180 miles) of the quake's epicenter, the PTWC said.