An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale occurred on Thursday in New Zealand.

The quake was recorded at a depth of 30.7 km, according to the US Geological Survey.

Fox News reports that the National Weather Service of America announced that there is no danger of a tsunami in the US.

People Tweeted that the earthquake lasted between 30 seconds and one minute.

‘It was the longest earthquake I have ever felt,’ wrote Jo Honey, according to KTLA.

The Gisborne authorities have advised people from the coast to move to higher areas.

There is no information on possible damages for now.

For the east coast of the island, including the city of Auckland and north of the South Island, has been issued a tsunami alert, according to a message posted on the Twitter network by the Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergencies. Reuters announces the evacuation of population in coastal areas, although a wave caused by the earthquake is considered unlikely.

‘There is a potential tsunami threat for New Zealand following the 7m earthquake near Te Araroa at 4.38NZ time today.’ New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management warned the people.

Since 1900 until now in New Zealand, there were about 15 earthquakes recorded exceeding 7.5 degrees on Richter scale.

In 2011, New Zealand was rocked by a 6.3 quake, but on the surface. The devastating earthquake completely erased a Christchurch city from the surface of the earth. Back then, 185 people died under the rubble.

The seism happened after less than 24 hours of the 5.7 magnitude quake on Thursday that shook the north part of the island.

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