An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck New Zealand, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
We are assessing whether the M7.3 EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND earthquake at 2021-03-05 2:27 AM has created a tsunami that could affect New Zealand. We will provide an update as soon as the initial assessment has been completed.
— National Emergency Management Agency (@NZcivildefence) March 4, 2021
Tsunami waves were possible within 300 km of the quake’s epicentre, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.
No immediate information on possible casualties, specific damage has been reported.