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Update: No tsunami threat to New Zealand

16 June 2019

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued an update that there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the magnitude 7.0 Kermadec Islands region earthquake at 10.55am.

MCDEM

Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand.

This will be the final message via the National Warning System for this event unless the event parameters change significantly.

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