Kermadec Quakes Continue

Two further earthquakes have struck the Kermadec Islands in the past day.

Thursday 17th December 2009

Earthquake activity in the Kermadec Islands continues, with another two earthquakes reported.

A very deep magnitude 4.8 quake struck 425 km west-north-west of Raoul Island at 3:15 p.m. NZDT yesterday. The quake was 620 km deep.

Overnight, a moderately strong quake struck the southern part of the island chain. At 1:37 this morning, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake was recorded 120 km east-south-east of L’Esperance Rock (885 km north-east of Auckland) at a depth of 35 km. Geoscience Australia estimates that the quake would have been felt up to 300 km from the epicentre.

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

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