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7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Jolted New Zealand's South Island, Triggered A Tsunami

 
A powerful earthquake has generated tsunami up to 15ft high in New Zealand, with the first waves hitting the South Island, government officials have said. 
Describing it as ‘an event of life-threatening or national significance’ the department of civil defence warned people all along the country’s east coast to move to higher ground.
At least two people died in the series of violent quakes, according to Prime Minister John Key.
The quake struck some 93 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch just after midnight local time on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported. It triggered waves of 2.49 meters above usual tide levels, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said. 
"This is the highest tsunami wave (that) New Zealand has seen in at least 38 years," said Philip Duncan of Weather Watch New Zealand. 
The tsunami warning has now been lifted. 

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