Strong Quake, Kermadecs

A strong earthquake struck deep under the Pacific Ocean near the Kermadec Islands this evening, New Zealand time.

Friday, 26th April 2013

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck 115 km west-north-west of Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands at 6:53 this evening. The undersea quake was 350 km deep according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

GeoNet reports the event as magnitude 5.6 at a depth of 460 km.

GeoNet Seisomgraph Network 26 April, 2013

[click for larger image] The earthquake left a distinctive trace on GeoNet’s seismograph network that is typical of a very deep, distant earthquake.

Geoscience Australia has reported the earthquake as magnitude 6.0 at a depth of 300 km. Their analysis suggests it would have been felt up to 450 km from the epicentre, and no felt reports have been logged with any of the reporting agencies.

[Compiled from data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies; Geoscience Australia, and the GeoNet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST.]

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