Moderate Quakes, Kermadec Islands

Another moderate earthquake of fifth magnitude struck the southern Kermadec Islands late this evening.

Wednesday 7th January 2009

A deep magnitude 5.1 earthquake, which struck at 9:41 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time, was located 135 km south-west of L’Esperance Rock (705 km north-east of Auckland) at a depth of 230 km. This earthquake is the fourth in a series of tremors in the Kermadec Islands during the past week.

A shallow magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck 230 km north-north-east of Raoul Island at a depth of 46 km on Tuesday the 6th of January at 11:27 a.m. A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck 490 km north-north-east of Raoul Island on January 3rd, Saturday night. The 9:23 p.m. quake was 23 km deep.

A magnitude 5.3 quake, located 435 km north of Raoul Island on January 1st at 03:02 am NZDT was reported to be 155 km deep.

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

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