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No tsunami threat to NZ following earthquake

Update 6pm Civil Defence has determined a 7.6 magnitude earthquake which hit near Loyalty Islands will not affect New Zealand.

The earthquake hit southeast of Loyalty Islands at about 5.18pm NZT, says Civil Defence in a media release.

"MCDEM has assessed the information with the assistance of science advisors. Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will affect New Zealand.

"This will be the final message via the National Warning System for this event unless the event parameters change significantly."

Earlier:

Civil Defence is assessing whether a 7.6 magnitude earthquake near Loyalty Islands will affect New Zealand.

The earthquake hit southeast of Loyalty Islands at about 5.18pm NZT, says Civil Defence in a media release.

“The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management and GNS Science are currently assessing whether this has created a tsunami that could affect New Zealand.

“If a tsunami has been generated in this location it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 3 hours.

“We will send a further update to media as soon as the initial assessment has been completed.

“Updates will also be published on our website www.civildefence.govt.nz, NZCivilDefence Facebook page and Twitter @NZCivilDefence.

“Only messages issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management represent the official warning status for New Zealand.

“Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.”

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