No Tsunami Threat to Hawaiʻi After 7.8 New Zealand Earthquake

November 13, 2016, 9:45 AM HST · Updated November 13, 9:52 AM
Malika Dudley and Wendy Osher · 0 Comments

The USGS reports that the earthquake occurred in the South Island of New Zealand with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8M and a depth of 23 km at 1:02 a.m. HST (11:02 UTC) on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.


According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi.

According to the USGS, the quake was located:

Amberley, New Zealand: 53.5 km (33.2 mi) NNE
Kaiapoi, New Zealand: 77.7 km (48.3 mi) NNE
Christchurch, New Zealand: 93.5 km (58.1 mi) NNE
Blenheim, New Zealand: 155.7 km (96.7 mi) SSW
Richmond, New Zealand: 158.4 km (98.4 mi) S

New Zealand earthquake 7.8M. (11.13.16) PC: USGS.

New Zealand earthquake 7.8M. (11.13.16) PC: USGS.


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