Strong Quake, East Cape

A strong undersea earthquake struck to the north of East Cape this evening, mid-way between the North Island and the Kermadec Islands.

Tuesday, 14th October 2014

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck 455 km north-east of Whakatane at 5:13 this evening, New Zealand Daylight Time. GeoNet reports that the quake was 82 km deep. Reports filed with GeoNet show that the shaking was not widely felt within New Zealand, with only 21 reports of the event being filed from residents of the Bay of Plenty to southern Hawke’s Bay.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake as magnitude 6.1 centred 400 km south-south-west of L’Esperance Rock (in the southern Kermadec Islands), 430 km north-east of Whakatane, 450 km north-north-east of Gisborne, 459 km north-east of Tauranga, at a depth of 32 km.

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