Southern Ocean Quake

A moderately strong, shallow earthquake struck the southern ocean just before midnight Saturday.

Sunday 15 March 2009

An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 has struck 180 km north-north-west of the Auckland Islands (420 km south-west of Invercargill) at a depth of about 25 km. Preliminary analysis of the quake, which struck at 11:51 p.m. on Saturday the 14th of March 2009 New Zealand Daylight Time, indicates that it it was located in the Pacific Plate above and to the east of the subduction zone where the Australian Plate is being drawn under the Pacific Plate.

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

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