Thursday a powerful 7.6-magnitude undersea earthquake triggered tsunami alerts for both Tonga and New Zealand. The warnings were later cancelled since the quake, thankfully, proved to be less destructive than originally thought.
Initially the quake was measured at magnitude 7.8 by the US Geological Survey and at a depth of just half a mile beneath the Pacific seabed which gave it potential to cause destructive waves in New Zealand and Tonga. Later it was changed to 7.6.
The earthquake is reported to have generated waves of up to 60 centimeters near the epicenter but there was not any impact on the New Zealand coast.
There was no damaged reported in Tonga but the schools were closed and people moved to higher ground just to make sure.