Kermadec Islands Earthquakes

A pair of earthquakes struck an hour apart in the Kermadec Islands this afternoon, New Zealand time.

The first event was a 35 km deep magnitude 5.2 quake which struck 115 km north-east of Raoul Island at 1:54 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time on Monday 12th of March 2007. It was followed 63 minutes later by a magnitude 4.7 earthquake at the greater depth of 131 km at a location 115 km north-north-east of Raoul Island.

The earthquakes follow three earthquake events with magnitudes between 4.7 and 4.9 which have struck near Tonga since March 6th. The latest quake in that series, a shallow magnitude 4.9 earthquake, struck at 6:25 this morning.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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