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Continuing Coverage: Tsunami warning canceled after New Zealand quake

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand 6:19AM (AP) -- The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a tsunami generated after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake off of New Zealand is small and poses no threat.

The warning center says no destructive waves are headed for New Zealand's western coastline after a tsunami warning was issued earlier.

The waves generated are less than 8 inches (20 centimeters) in height and the warning was canceled after about an hour.

The quake's epicenter was 100 miles (161 kilometers) west of Invercargill, off the west coast of New Zealand's South Island at a depth of 21 miles (33 kilometers). It hit at 0922 GMT on Wednesday, the USGS said.

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Tsunami generated off New Zealand's after quake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand 6:00AM (AP) -- Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a potentially destructive tsunami has been generated after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand's west coast.

The center says sea reading levels confirm a tsunami was generated. It does not say how big the waves are or if they are expected to reach the coast.

The quake's epicenter was 100 miles (161 kilometers) west of Invercargill, off the west coast of New Zealand's South Island at a depth of 21 miles (33 kilometers). It hit at 0922 GMT on Wednesday, the USGS says.

"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours," the warning center said.

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Tsunami warning after 7.8 quake off New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand 5:17AM (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey has issued a tsunami warning after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand's western coast.

The USGS says the quake's epicenter was 100 miles (161 kilometers) west of Invercargill, off the west coast of New Zealand's South Island at a depth of 20.5 kilometers (33 kilometers).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii sent an e-mail alert warning of a possible tsunami in New Zealand.

Police in the town of Tuatapere on South Island, where the earthquake was centered, say they have reports of minor cracks in buildings and stock falling from supermarket shelves. But they have received no reports of serious damage or injuries so far.

The quake was felt widely across the South Island.

 

 

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