Tsunami warning issued after third powerful earthquake hits New Zealand

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A major earthquake of 8.1 magnitude has hit the Pacific Ocean sparking tsunami warning north of New Zealand.

The latest tremor comes just hours after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake with "widespread hazardous tsunami waves" now expected by The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Residents in affects areas have been ordered to "move immediately to nearest high ground" ahead of a devastating wave.

The latest earthquake was recorded near the Kermadec Islands six hours after the quake in north New Zealand.

The National Emergency Management Agency for for country, tweeted: "TSUNAMI WARNING issued following Kermadecs earthquake.

"People near coast from the BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI, from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY, and GREAT BARRIER ISLAND must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

"Areas that need to evacuate are indicated on this map. Evacuate these areas even if you did not feel the earthquake."

The state of Hawaii is now being warned of a "destructive" tsunami heading its way for as soon as 4.35pm local time as a result.

Tsunami.gov has said: "Based on all available data, a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter.

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"An investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii."

Peru is also being braced for the possibility of a tsunami from 3:31am local time on Friday, gob.pe reports.

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According to communications from the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation of the Peruvian Navy, the wave train is forecast to hit the South American country's coastline between the ports of La Cruz and Ilo.

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