Powerful Quake Near New Zealand

A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit deep under the South Pacific late Tuesday near an uninhabited chain of islands north of New Zealand, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a bulletin saying the quake had not generated a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami but warned it could spawn a small tsunami within 100 kilometers (60 miles) of its epicenter.

The USGS. said the quake hit at 10:39 p.m. (1039 GMT) 148 kilometers (90 miles) below the seabed about 290 kilometers (180 miles) south-southwest of Raoul Island, which is 1,140 kilometers (712 miles) northeast of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland.

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