BREAKING: 7.8 Earthquake Rocks New Zealand’s South Island, Triggers Tsunami

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could expect waves of between three and five meters

ABOVE VIDEO: A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has jolted New Zealand’s South Island and triggered a tsunami, sending people running into the streets in a panic.

NEW ZEALAND (CNN) – A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has jolted New Zealand’s South Island and triggered a tsunami, sending people running into the streets in a panic.

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, and triggered waves of 2.49 meters above usual tide levels, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said.

“This is highest tsunami wave (that) New Zealand has seen in at least 38 years,” said Philip Duncan of Weather Watch New Zealand.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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