Pacific Ocean earthquake: Tsunami alert issued after powerful 7.4 quake strikes north of New Zealand

Tom Batchelor

A powerful earthquake has struck the Kermadec Islands region in the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand, briefly triggering a tsunami warning.

The US Geological Survey said a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the arc of islands, which 800–1,000km (500-600 miles) from New Zealand's North Island.

The agency said the earthquake hit a spot about 872.6 kilometres northeast of Ngunguru, a New Zealand town of about 1,400 people, at 10.55am on Sunday.

There are no reports of damage.

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