Strong Quake, South of Fiji

A strong earthquake struck south of Fiji just before midnight.

Tuesday 22nd February 2011

A strong, undersea earthquake struck between the Kermadec Islands and Fiji just before midnight, New Zealand time last night.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake as magnitude 6.4 at a depth of 540 km, centred 505 km north-west of Raoul Island, 620 km south-east of Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji.

N.Z. Seismograph Network 22 February 2011

[click on image for larger view]  The quake was located 1245 km north-north-east of Auckland and left a strong trace on New Zealand’s seismograph network. It does not seem to have been felt in New Zealand.

Geoscience Australia reports the event as magnitude 6.6 at a depth of 600 km. Their analysis indicates that the quake would have been felt up to 800 km from the epicentre.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a bulletin for the earthquake which struck at 11:58 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies; Geoscience Australia, GeoNet, and the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]

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