Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Earthquake Magnitude 6.9 strikes Raoul Island, New Zealand

The earthquake struck off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands at 7:19 AM (1919 GMT) Monday and occurred 96 kilometres (60 Miles) southeast of Raoul Island in Kermadecs.


Seismograph Reading

According to United States (US) seismologists there were no tsunami warnings was issued.

The US Geological Survey said, revising earlier parameters

The epicentre was at a depth of 20 kilometres.

The largely uninhabited Kermadec Islands are located northeast of New Zealand's North Island.

The quake was followed two minutes later by an aftershock with a magnitude of 6.3, USGS said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said of the original quake that "no destructive, widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data".

However, earthquakes of this size "sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometres of the earthquake epicentre", it said.

New Zealand sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire", the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, and experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year.

A shallow 6.3-magnitude quake devastated the New Zealand city of Christchurch in the South Island in February 2011, leaving 185 people dead.


EVENT TIME:

2014-06-23 19:19:16 UTC 
2014-06-23 07:19:16 UTC-12:00 at epicenter 

AFFECTED CITIES:

96km (60mi) SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand 
973km (605mi) NE of Whangarei, New Zealand 
999km (621mi) NNE of Whakatane, New Zealand 
1014km (630mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand 
1025km (637mi) SSW of Nuku'alofa, Tonga 

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