A major earthquake struck in the Southern Ocean to the south of New Zealand at 6:24 this evening. Preliminary data from the US Geological Survey and NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre indicate the earthquake was magnitude 7.3 or 7.4 at a depth of about 20 km.
The quake was located 205 km north-west of the Auckland Islands, 475 km south-west of Invercargill. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin at 6:38 p.m. Sunday 30th September 2007 indicating a widespread tsunami threat did not exist.
Early indications are that the quake was felt in some South Island areas, including Invercargill, Dunedin, Milton, Otautau, Clinton, and on Stewart Island.
[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]