BREAKING: 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Struck New Zealand Coast

7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Stuck New Zealand Coast 

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 struck off the New Zealand coast, but there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.

The temblor, which struck about 4:37 p.m. UTC , was centered approximately 104 miles northeast of Gisborne and 145 miles east of Tauranga, according to the incident page.

It was downgraded a short time later to a magnitude-7.1 quake.

The Gisborne District Council released a statement: Earthquake 7.1 at 4.38am the word from Tairawhiti Civil Defence Emergency Management – CDEM is if you live right near the coast to self evacuate to higher ground. Will update as we receive further reports.

Local residents reported on Twitter that the shaking lasted anywhere between 30 seconds to at least a minute long.

“That was the longest earthquake I’ve ever been in,” a user named Jo Honey tweeted.

There have been no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the state a short time after the large quake hit.

If injuries or damages are reported we will post updates.

H/T KTLA

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