Five Major to Great Earthquakes Hit New Zealand and Argentina – Tsunami Hits New Zealand with Casualties

6.0 AND GREATER EARTHQUAKES ARE REPORTED ON THIS SITE AND ALL EARTHQUAKE STATS PERTAIN ONLY TO 6.0 AND GREATER MAGNITUDE QUAKES.

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Map: USGS

A great 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the South Island of New Zealand on November 13, 2016, at 11:02:58.3 UTC, at a depth of 10 km, reported CSEM-EMSC.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a Tsunami Information Statement on November 13, 2016, at 1112 UTC, reporting, “based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake. No action required,” for a 7.4 magnitude earthquake. However, a Tsunami Information Statement was issued by PTWC reporting an upgrade to 7.9 magnitude and that “a damaging local tsunami might have occurred. Appropriate actions should be taken to protect lives and property.”

Warning: A tsunami was generated 8.2’ above normal tide level, measured near Kaikoura. Don’t rely on initial tsunami statements. When a major earthquake hits, take every precaution, as though a tsunami could occur. I have noticed that these warnings are updated too late, so don’t wait, take precautions. It is better to be safe than sorry! It was only after the first tsunami waves hit the east coast of New Zealand that the Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management warned residents to move to higher ground. THAT IS TOO LATE! Do not rely on initial tsunami warning systems or Emergency Management Services, get to higher ground. The powers that be apparently could care less if people die!

Weather.com reported that there are casualties, but the numbers were not reported yet.

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A major 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit 17 km NNW of Kaikoura, New Zealand on November 13, 2016, at 11:32:07 UTC, at a depth of 10 km, reported USGS.

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Map: USGS

A major 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit 23 km NNW of Kaikoura, New Zealand on November 13, 2016, at 11:52:45 UTC, at a depth of 16 km, reported USGS.

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Map: USGS

A major 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit 12 km N Kaikoura, New Zealand on November 13, 2016, at 13:31:26 UTC, at a depth of 8.3 km, reported USGS.

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A major 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the La Rioja Province in Argentina on November 13, 2016, at 14:00:59 UTC, at a depth of 151 km, reported Geoscience Australia (not finalized)…Read more

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