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New Zealand lifts tsunami warning after M7.2 tremor

KUALA LUMPUR, New Zealand authorities on Sunday lifted tsunami warnings after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Kermadec Islands northeast the country.

Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management said in statement that there are no threats to beaches and ports.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also lifted its warning for parts of the South Pacific but said “minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake.” The earthquake was given a preliminary magnitude of 7.4, but later downgraded to 7.2, according to the US Geological Survey.

The Kermadec islands are famous of volcanoes, some of them active, that rise above sea level and are often rocked by earthquakes above magnitude 7.0.

Source: Kuwait News Agency