Strong Earthquake, Southern Kermadecs

A strong, deep earthquake struck to the south of the Kermadec Islands this evening. Initial analysis of the event indicates that it was between magnitude 5.3 and 6.2.

New Zealand’s GeoNet website reports the quake at magnitude 6.2, located 220 km south of L’Esperance Rock (610 km north-east of Whakatane) at a depth of 410 km. The quake struck at 7:39 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time on Friday March 28, 2008. Members of the public have reported feeling the quake at several locations in the Bay of Plenty, down through the eastern part of the North Island to Wellington.

Geoscience Australia report the quake at magnitude 5.7 at a depth of 450 km.

The United States Geological Survey report the quake at magnitude 5.3 at a location 215 km south-west of L’Espernace Rock at a depth of 324 km.

[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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