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Tsunami Warning Issued for New Zealand, Fiji – IMMEDIATE ACTION URGED

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck early Thursday near the South Pacific nation of Tonga, the U.S. Geological Survey said. A warning said it was possible a tsunami could hit Fiji and New Zealand within minutes. A Tongan police officer in the capital, Nuku’alofa, said there were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami. The temblor, classified by the USGS as a “great” quake, struck 95 miles south of Neiafu, Tonga, and 1,340 miles north-northeast of Auckland, New Zealand. It occurred 20 miles beneath the sea floor. The U.S. National Weather Service warned that a tsunami could strike Fiji as soon as 1:13 p.m. EDT Wednesday and New Zealand by 2:21 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Full Story

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