South Pacific Earthquakes

A pair of moderately strong earthquakes struck the Kermadec and Loyalty Islands just after midnight tonight.

A magnitude 6.0 quake has been reported at a depth of 35 km, 275 km east of Ile Hunter, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday the 19th of August 2007, New Zealand time.

Sixteen minutes later a magnitude 5.4 quake struck at a depth of 46 km, 50 km ENE of Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands.

A similar earthquake of magnitude 5.0 struck 130 km south of L’Esperance Rock in the Kermadecs at a depth of 35 km yesterday at 4:45 a.m. New Zealand time.

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

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