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UPDATE: Emergency Info has confirmed there is no tsunami threat to BC after a large earthquake in New Zealand Thursday afternoon.

There were concerns of a potential tsunami after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Kermadec Islands region, north of New Zealand today.

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A potential tsunami risk for BC is being assessed after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake (upgraded from 8.0M) occurred in the Kermadec Islands region, north of New Zealand today.

The quake struck roughly 600 miles northeast of New Zealand on Thursday afternoon. It’s the third major earthquake in less than eight hours on the Kermadec Fault, which passes east of New Zealand.

A magnitude 7.3 hit near New Zealand early on Thursday, followed by a 7.4 about 560 miles to the north a few hours later.

The level of tsunami danger for British Columbia is still being evaluated.

 

More to come.

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