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Thursday, September 1, 2016

A massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake just hit off the coast of New Zealand according to the US Geological Survey. To be specific, the earthquake hit at 105 miles northeast of Gisborne at a depth of 19.1 miles.

Now, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is warning of a potential tsunami after the earthquake.

They are warning folks to stay out of the water and to avoid beaches.

Furthermore they issued a Tsunami warning:

Tsunami activity has already started albeit it is quite small so far.

They do warn that it can become much more dangerous.

Those living on the coast have been advised to evacuate.

Not only is there the potential for tsunamis, but there will be aftershocks from the earthquake as well.

Locals reported the quake lasted from between 30 seconds to a minute.

The area where the quake occurred is one of the most seismically active in the world according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

If you have friends or family in New Zealand, be sure to check in on them and make sure they know how to stay safe!

We will be keeping everyone affected in our prayers!

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