Tsunami warning after massive 7.4 earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands

A massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands the Pacific Ocean sparking a tsunami warning.

New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management issued a beach warning, telling locals to expect unusually strong, hazardous currents and unpredictable surges near the shore. 

The quake struck at about 9am (AEST) near the Kermadec Islands region - about midway between Auckland and Tonga.

Preliminary investigations suggested New Zealand may avoid the tsunami, but Kiwi's are urged to take care near the foreshore.

The NZ Civil Defence redacted their initial warning shortly after with a statement on Twitter reading: