NEWS UPDATE — A tsunami warning has been downgraded to a marine and beach threat for a number of coastal areas of New Zealand.
The Ministry of Civil Defence said the marine and beach threat was to the East Coast of New Zealand, from East Cape to Southland, and also the Kapiti Coast and Tasman Bay/Marlborough Sounds.
The Chatham Islands and the region between Blenheim and Banks Peninsula is still prone to a marine and land threat.
EARLIER — A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has struck near Hamner Springs, NZ. Several severe aftershocks have also hit. A tsunami warning is in place. People in low-lying areas on the east coast of both the North and South Island should to move to higher ground immediately. A tsunami warning is also issued for the Chatham Islands.
KEEP 3900MHZ & 14300Mhz CLEAR FOR EMERGENCY TRAFFIC