The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) temporarily issued a tsunami warning for beach and marine areas following a magnitude 7 quake in the Kermadec Islands only to withdraw it minutes later.
There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the M7.0 Kermadec Islands region earthquake. Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to NZ. https://t.co/ccVFYQQoBr— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) June 15, 2019
We have issued a BEACH and MARINE TSUNAMI WARNING following the M7.4 Kermadec Islands region earthquake— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) June 15, 2019
MCDEM at first said "unusually strong and hazardous currents" were expected near coastal areas, but after further assessment the alert was withdrawn.
The Kermadac Islands are part of a group of uninhabited islands around 800 kilometres north-east of New Zealand.
Meanwhile, other parts of the world have also declared there was no tsunami threat: