A strong, deep, undersea earthquake struck off East Cape just after six o’clock this evening.
Saturday, 16th February 2013
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck 195 km north of Te Araroa at 6:16 this evening, according to GNS Science. The undersea quake was 294 km deep. Early reports from the public indicate that the quake was felt from Tauranga to Dunedin.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake as magnitude 6.0 at a depth of 205 km. It calculates that the quake was centred 223 km north-north-east of Whakatane, 240 km north-east of Tauranga.
Geoscience Australia reported the quake as magnitude 6.1 at a depth of 100 km.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a bulletin for this deep event which would not normally generate a tsunami.
[Compiled from data provided by the GeoNet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST, the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and Geoscience Australia.]