Kermadec Earthquakes

A moderately strong earthquake struck the central Kermadec Islands this morning. The magnitude 5.8 quake struck at 7:29 a.m. on Friday May 18th 2007 New Zealand time, at a depth of 35 km at a location 155 km SSW of Raoul Island.

Three quakes with magnitudes between 4.5 and 5.1 struck south of the Kermadec Islands earlier this week. The three quakes struck over a period of an hour-and-a-half on the afternoon of Saturday the 12th of May at depths between 10 and 45 km.

Two magnitude 5 quakes have struck central New Zealand this week. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck 60 km west of Foxton at a depth of 90 km early on the morning of Thursday May 17th. A magnitude 5.4 quake struck 20 km east of Nelson at a depth of 90 km early on the morning of Monday May 14th. Both events were widely felt.

[Compiled from data provided by the Geonet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST; and the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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