Tsunami Watch Now On For New Zealand 6th Feb 2013

A powerful earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude has struck east of the Solomon Islands this afternoon, the US Geological Survey says. The quake was a shallow 5.8km deep and the epicentre was 347km east of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands. A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii shortly before 2.30pm and was followed up by a second advisory nearly half an hour later saying sea level readings indicated a tsunami had been generated. It is believed to have been about 1m high.
MORE: http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/16077862/civil-defence-issue-ts...
UPDATE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/8269589/Magnitude-8-quake-hits-off...
UPDATE: 20+ magnitude 5 or higher aftershocks have hit the region according to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/