New Zealand, Kermadec Islands, Tonga 7.8 Mag Earthquake: Tsunami Forms – Expected to Hit Auckland, NZ

A Pacific Tsunami has been generated from a pacific ocean 7.8 magnitude earthquake. It is probable that the tsunami, which has reportedly already formed, will hit Auckland, New Zealand within two hours, which will be approximately 5 p.m. CDT, or 10 a.m. New Zealand Standard Time. At this time, the waves generated are said to be only about 2.2 feet high at Raoul Island in the Kermadecs. Warnings have just gone out to warn people off of all the beaches in the areas of Kermadec Islands, Tonga and New Zealand. I’ll have ongoing updates as available.

The quake struck at 07.03am New Zealand today (5.03am AEST) at a depth of 48 kilometres, 211 kilometres east of Raoul Island, one of New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands, the United States Geological Survey said. Source

UPDATE 10:42 a.m. Auckland Time: As I mentioned below, the tsunami warning was downgraded to a “marine threat,” or a “small boat alert.” This report says there is still an ongoing “marine threat,” – not a land threat.

He said people should stay out of the water and stay away from low-lying areas, beaches, estuaries, marinas and harbours due to fast-running currents.

The Kermadec Islands are a remote outpost, and is generally uninhabited aside from a a weather station and a hotel for visiting New Zealand scientist.

The Kermadecs are about 570 miles (920 kilometers) south of Tonga, the nearest major island, and are 736 miles (1185 kilometers) northeast of Auckland, New Zealand. Source.

New Zealand civil defense:

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 7:03 a.m. on Thursday (1903 GMT on Wednesday) at the epicenter, 131 miles (211 km) east of Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec archipelago, and was only 30 miles (48 km) deep, the USGS said.

I see several reports saying the tsunami alerts have been lowered to a “small boat alert,” but the information about Auckland came at about 3 p.m. CDT from Fox News. I’m seeing no news of earthquake damage in any of the areas mentioned.