A strong earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands early this morning.
Tuesday 19th February 2013
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck 111 km north-east of L’Esperance Rock in the southern Kermadec Islands at 1:19 this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The undersea quake, centred 898 km north-east of Whangarei, was 34 km deep.
Geoscience Australia reports the quake as magnitude 6.0 at a depth of 34 km.
GeoNet has not reported the event.
A magnitude 5.6 aftershock struck at 5:33 this morning. The USGS reports that this event was centred 108 km north-east of L’Esperance Rock at a depth of 84 km. Geoscience Australia reports the event as magnitude 5.8 at a depth of 35 km.[Click image to expand] The aftershock left a clear trace on the national seismograph network but has not been reported by GeoNet. [Click image to expand] Both events show clearly on the Te Kaha seismograph drum.
[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia and their contributing agencies, and GeoNet.]