No tsunami threat to Hawaii after strong quake near New Zealand

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after strong quake near New Zealand
The quake struck near the Kermadec islands just before 11:35 a.m. Hawaii time. (Image: USGS)
The quake struck near the Kermadec islands just before 11:35 a.m. Hawaii time. (Image: USGS)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after a strong earthquake near New Zealand Saturday morning, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The quake initially registered as a preliminary 6.5 magnitude. It struck just before 11:35 a.m. Hawaii time.

The USGS has since listed the quake as a 5.9 magnitude.

It rocked an area near the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand and was measured at a depth of 13 miles beneath the ocean's surface.

"Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no threat to Hawaii," PTWC officials said.

This story may be updated.

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