Strong Quake, Northern Kermadecs

A strong earthquake struck to the north of the Kermadec Islands late this afternoon.

The magnitude 6.0 quake, which struck at 4:01 p.m. on Monday the 1st of September 2008 New Zealand time, was located 430 km north of Raoul Island at a depth of 102 km according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Geoscience Australia report the quake as magnitude 6.2 at the greater depth of 200 km. They estimate the quake would have been felt up to 560 km from the epicentre, which includes the northern Kermadecs, southern Fiji islands and southern parts of Tonga.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a bulletin for this deep event.

A shallower magnitude 5.1 quake struck 75 km north-east of Raoul Island late on Saturday night, New Zealand time.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and Geoscience Australia.]

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