Southern Kermadec Earthquake

A moderately strong, deep earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands at 5:16 this evening. The magnitude 5.3 quake was located 130 km west-north-west of L’Esperance Rock (285 km south-west of Raoul Island) at a depth of 397 km.

The quake follows a pair of shallower 5th magnitude events in the Santa Cruz Islands and near Vanuatu last night. The magnitude 5.0 Vanuatu quake struck at 9:34 p.m. on the 24th of September 2007 New Zealand time, 80 km east-north-east of Luganville, Espiritu Santo at a depth of 10 km. A few hours later, a magnitude 5.2 quake struck at 11:55 p.m. New Zealand time, 125 km south-south-east of Lata in the Santa Cruz Islands at a depth of 54 km.

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

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