Tsunami warning issued after 7.8 quake off New Zealand but now canceled

July 15, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A 7.8-magnitude underwater earthquake struck the south of New Zealand on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami warning and causing minor damage but no injuries. The quake’s epicenter was 100 miles (161 kilometers) west of Invercargill, off the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island at a depth of 21 miles (33 kilometers). It hit at 0922 GMT on Wednesday, the USGS says.

An aftershock measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck about 20 minutes later. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center now says no destructive waves are headed for New Zealand’s western coastline after the tsunami warning was issued earlier.


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