UPDATE: New Zealand authorities have canceled tsunami warning.
It's among the most terrifying and the most breathtaking natural phenomena.
After the Japan earthquake shook the Land of the Rising Sun and a subsequent tsunami swept away homes, the world is at once frightened and obsessed with tsunamis.
New Zealand civil defense authorities have issued a tsunami warning after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean northeast of the country, the U.S. Geographical Survey said.
The USGS said the New Zealand earthquake struck at 7:03 a.m. on Thursday at the epicenter, 131 miles east of Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec archipelago, and was only 30 miles deep.
It also said a tsumani was possible, with eastern coastal areas of the North Island vulnerable, including the country's main city Auckland, arriving just before 9 a.m. local time, Reuters reported.