New Zealand warns of 'potential' tsunami threat after powerful quake

2016-09-01 20:15
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Wellington - New Zealand issued a "potential" tsunami threat on Friday after a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of the North Island.

The country's civil defence organisation said it had issued "a tsunami potential threat advisory in all New Zealand coastal areas".

Radio New Zealand reported residents in coastal areas near the East Cape district were advised by the local civil defence to evacuate.

New Zealand is on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the so-called "Ring of Fire", and experiences up to 15 000 tremors a year.

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