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No tsunami threat from large quake near New Zealand

  • COURTESY PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTERThis image from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center website shows the location of an earthquakes near New Zealand Monday.
    COURTESY PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
    This image from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center website shows the location of an earthquakes near New Zealand Monday.

A large earthquake struck off New Zealand but did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami, officials in Hawaii said on Monday morning.

The magnitude 6.9 quake, which was centered 60 miles south-southeast of Raoul Island, New Zealand, struck at 9:19 a.m. Hawaii time, at a depth about 3 miles. The quake was initially reported as 7.2 magnitude, but was later downgraded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was followed by a magnitude 6.3 aftershock about 53 miles south-southeast of Raoul Island at 9:21 a.m. Hawaii time. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said the quake did not post a tsunami threat to Hawaii.

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