A strong earthquake struck near the Auckland Islands late this morning, the fourth significant quake to have struck New Zealand territory today.
The magnitude 6.1 earthquake, which struck at 11:34 a.m. on Sunday the 27th of April 2008, was located 230 km north-west of the Auckland Islands at a depth of 12 km. The epicentre was 430 km south-west of Invercargill, 210 km south-west of the Snares Islands. The quake was felt in Queenstown, Invercargill and Winton, but not strongly.
Earlier this morning, at 3:28 a.m., a magnitude 5.1 quake struck the Kermadec Islands. The quake was located 235 km north-north-east of Raoul Island at a depth of 190 km.
At 7:41 a.m. a shallow magnitude 4.7 quake struck to the east of Cook Strait. The quake was located about 300 km east of Blenheim at a depth of 33 km.
A magnitude 4.5 quake struck at 9:32 a.m. This quake was located about 220 km north of East Cape, 360 km east of Whangarei at a depth of 230 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.]