There's been a 7.8 earthquake off the Kermadec Islands at 7:03 this morning. It's size and the realatively shallow depth of 48km means that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a tsunami warning for New Zealand.
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has just issued a National Advisory: tsunami - Potential Threat to NZ - which means that our scientists are currently rapidly reviewing the information, to see whether there really is a tsunami threat from this event.
Stay tuned for further official updates from the National Warning System. The National Crisis Management Centre has activated for this event.
If a tsunami has been generated PTWC gives expected arrival times of 0852am for East Cape.