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Tsunami warning after major earthquake strikes New Zealand

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An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 hit New Zealand early on Friday morning, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering warnings of a possible tsunami from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC).

Tsunami waves were possible within 300 kilmetres of the quake’s epicentre, the PTWC said.

The earthquake comes just over a week since the country marked 10 years since a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, killing 185 people and injured thousands more on Monday, February 22,in 2011.

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