Tsunami warning for New Zealand after 7.7 quake

By David Edwards
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 16:02 EDT
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A tsunami warning was issued for New Zealand and Tonga after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the coast of the Kermadec Islands at 7:03 a.m. local time Thursday (3:03 p.m. ET Wednesday.)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported the quake had a magnitude of 7.9, but that was later downgraded to a magnitude of 7.7. The depth was revised from 48 km to 1 km.

Hawaii and the continental U.S. were not placed under a tsunami alert.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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