A huge 6.9 magnitude quake has struck a region just 237 kilometres off the coast of Gisborne, located in the east of the North Island, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced.
The earthquake occurred at 01:37am local time on March 5, happening at a depth of 81.8 kilometres below the surface.
Moderate shaking was reported along the coast of New Zealand, although there has not been any danger to life as of yet.
However, a tsunami warning has been issued for the east coast of the North Island.
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