DATE : Sunday 13 November 2016 - 21:07
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New Zealand: At least 2 dead in 7.8-magnitude quake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake has hit New Zealand and triggered a tsunami

New Zealand: At least 2 dead in 7.8-magnitude quake

Caspian International News Agency-A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has jolted New Zealand’s South Island and triggered a tsunami, sending people running into the streets in a panic amid a series of aftershocks.

At least two people died in the series of violent quakes, according to Prime Minister John Key.
The quake struck some 93 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch just after midnight local time on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported. It triggered waves of 2.49 meters above usual tide levels, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said.
“This is the highest tsunami wave (that) New Zealand has seen in at least 38 years,” said Philip Duncan of Weather Watch New Zealand.
The tsunami warning has now been lifted.
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