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NZ threat cancelled after Solomons quake

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/12/2016

A possible tsunami warning for New Zealand shores prompted by a magnitude-7.8 quake near the Solomon Islands has been called off.

But people are still being warned to stay away from beaches.

The large tremor hit 63km south-west of Kirakira at a depth of 48km, prompting tsunami warnings for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Nauru, and Tuvalu at 6.39am (NZT) on Friday.

New Zealand Civil Defence earlier issued a possible tsunami threat warning for beaches and marine areas on all coasts and the Chatham Islands.

After further assessment, it has now cancelled the threat.

However, it is still warning people to stay out of the water for the rest of the day, particularly on the west coast of New Zealand.

"There could be strong and unusual currents for the rest of the day," it said.

"We advise precaution to people who need to conduct activities in or on the water today, especially along the west coast of both the North and South Islands."

The Solomon Islands, where the waves are predicted to be between 1m and 3m, are about 3700km north of New Zealand.

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