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Hawaii & Samoa under TSUNAMI WATCH after 8.0 earthquake north of New Zealand

The northeastern coast of New Zealand was also placed on a tsunami warning, with the country’s civil defense ordering residents to “move immediately to nearest high ground… or as far inland as possible.”

Kermadec Islands, located in the South Pacific approximately 500 miles (800 km) northeast of New Zealand, have been shaken by a series of tremors on Friday morning local time, ranging from 5.0 to 8.0 in magnitude.

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Also known as Rangitāhua, the islands belong to New Zealand and are 1,200 miles (1,945 km) southwest of Samoa, and over 3,700 miles (6,800 km) from Hawaii.

The US Geological Survey says the quake’s epicenter was at the depth of 10 kilometers, at the coordinates 29.729° South by 177.262° West.

The 8.1 quake happened almost two hours after the 7.7 quake registered nearby, but at a depth of 55.6 kilometers.

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