CNN: New Zealand: 7.8-magnitude quake rocks south, triggers tsunami
(CNN)A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand's South Island, triggering a tsunami as people fled buildings in a panic and were told to seek higher ground.
The quake struck around 50 kilometers (around 30 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch just after midnight local time on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported. Waves of 2.49 meters above usual tide levels were measured near the epicenter by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).
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