A strong undersea earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands this evening.
Sunday, 2nd February 2014
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands at 10:27 p.m. this evening, New Zealand Daylight Time. The United States Geological Survey reports the earthquake as magnitude 6.6 at a depth of 20km. It was centred 732 km north-east of Whakatane, 741 km north-north-east of Gisborne.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reports the earthquake as magnitude 6.5 at a depth of 40 km, centred 33° south, 177.2° west. In its report it advised that a destructive widespread tsunami threat did not exist, based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.
[click for larger image]. The earthquake left a strong trace on GeoNet’s seismograph network, but there are no reports that the quake was felt on mainland New Zealand. GeoNet reports the event as magnitude 6.4 at a depth of 33 km, centred 730 km north-east of Whakatane.
Geoscience Australia has not issued a report on the earthquake and the Joint Australian Tsunami Watch website has no reference to the event.