Kermadec Earthquake

A moderately strong earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands early this morning.

Wednesday 26th January 2011

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the central Kermadec Islands at 2:18 this morning, New Zealand Daylight Time. The quake was centred 80 km south of Raoul Island, 185 km north-north-east of L’Esperance Rock (1020 km north-east of Auckland) at a depth of 56 km according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Geoscience Australia reports a more powerful event with the quake as magnitude 5.7 at a depth of 15 km. It estimates that the quake would have caused damage within 30 km of the epicentre and would have been felt up to 300 km away.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia and their contributing agencies.]

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