Tsunami warning issued after quake strikes off New Zealand.
A tsunami warning was issued after an earthquake with an initial magnitude of seven .3 struck east of latest Zealand’s North Island .
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit 180km (111 miles) northeast of the town of Gisborne at 2:27am on Friday (13:27 GMT Thursday).
“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300km of the earthquake epicentre,” the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The USGS initially pegged the quake at 7.3, then revised it right down to 6.9. It said the quake occurred at a comparatively shallow depth of 10km (6 miles).