No tsunami threat in PH after 8.0-magnitude quake off New Zealand

Published March 5, 2021, 10:45 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

There is no threat of a tsunami hitting the Philippines after a strong 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Kermadec Islands early Friday, March 5 (Philippine time).

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake occurred at 3:28 a.m., and with a depth of 10 kilometers.

However, Phivolcs said hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts located near the earthquake epicenter.

The earthquake, which measured 8.1-magnitude in New Zealand, was the largest in a series of tremors that hit the region over several hours, according to an Associated Press report.

Prior to the 8.1-magnitude earthquake, two quakes measuring magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.3 have been also recorded.

The earthquakes triggered tsunami warning systems across New Zealand coasts.

 
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