Strong Earthquake, Loyalty Islands

A strong earthquake struck the Loyalty Islands south-west of Vanuatu this morning, New Zealand time.

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck 135 km north-east of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 8:26 a.m. on Wednesday 4th April 2007 New Zealand time (7:26 a.m. local time). The 41 km deep quake occurred near the North New Hebrides Trench which marks the subduction zone between the Fiji Microplate and the Australian Plate.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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