Southern Kermadec Quake

A moderately strong, shallow earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands this evening.

Thursday 14th April 2011

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck 172 km south of L’Esperance Rock in the Kermadec Islands at 5:45 this evening, New Zealand time. The undersea quake was centred 747 km east-north-east of Auckland at a depth of 24 km.

Preliminary analysis by Geoscience Australia also reports the quake as magnitude 5.7 but deeper at 60 km. It estimates that the quake would have been felt up to 340 km from the epicentre, which does not include mainland New Zealand.

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

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