WELLINGTON — New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management (MCDEM) issued a tsunami potential threat advisory for all of New Zealand coastal areas, including the Chatham Islands, following a major earthquake in the Pacific nation of Solomon Islands on Sunday morning.
The Civil Defense advised people in coastal areas should note that a tsunami is possible, listen to the radio/TV for further assessment and updates, and follow instructions of their local Civil Defense authorities.
A shallow magnitude 7.6 earthquake has hit near Solomon Islands on Sunday morning. The major quake was initially recorded by the U. S. Geological Survey as 8.3 and was centered southeast of the Solomons at a depth of 10 km.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami warning is in effect for Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia and Tuvalu. A watch is also in effect for a number of other Pacific countries, including Fiji, Samoa, Indonesia and New Zealand, it said.