Strong Quake, Kermadecs

A strong undersea earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands this evening.

Monday, 30th September 2013

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck 81 km north-east of L’Esperance Rock (870 km north-east of Whangarei) at 6:56 this evening, New Zealand Daylight Time. The quake was 35 km deep according to the United States Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued one bulletin for the event, reporting the earthquake as magnitude 6.7 at a depth of 29 km. It advised that a destructive widespread tsunami threat did not exist.

Geoscience Australia reports the earthquake as magnitude 6.8 at a depth of 32 km. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued a bulletin advising that there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, Geoscience Australia, and the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.]

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