HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strong earthquake has shaken an area near New Zealand, but it was not strong enough to generate a tsunami threat to Hawaii.
The quake was measured at a preliminary magnitude 7.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and has since been downgraded to a 6.9. magnitude.
It was centered near the Kermadec Islands of New Zealand.
A 6.3 and 6.2 magnitude quake also struck the area.
The earthquake happened at 9:30 a.m. HST.
Here is a link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.