Large Quake, Southern Kermadecs

Another large earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands this afternoon, New Zealand time.

The magnitude 5.8 earthquake, which struck at 2:23 p.m. on Saturday 17th May 2008, was located 330 km south of L’Esperance Rock (420 km north-east of Te Araroa) at a depth of 210 km according to GeoNet. The quake was felt in the Bay of Plenty, at Gisborne and at Mahia Peninsula.

The U.S. Geological Survey report the quake as magnitude 5.2 but at the shallower depth of 140 km, located 285 km south-south-west of L’Esperance Rock.

This afternoon’s quake follows two earlier events, the largest of which was a shallower magnitude 5.4 event located closer to L’Esperance Rock just after 11 p.m. last night.

[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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