6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off South Pacific island north of New Zealand

6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off South Pacific island north of New Zealand

June 19, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck a South Pacific island chain north of New Zealand, in the second powerful quake there in days.

Today’s quake struck 100 miles south-east of Raoul Island, the only inhabited island in the Kermadec chain.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it had a shallow depth of just over six miles and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Reassuring the public, New Zealand’s civil defense ministry said there was no danger of a tsunami hitting the country.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology also said there was no tsunami threat to Australia from today’s earthquake.
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It comes just three days after the same arc of Kermadec Islands was struck by a 7.4-magnitude quake on Sunday.

On that occasion, New Zealand initially responded with a tsunami warning, predicting a ‘threat to beach, harbor, estuary and small boat activities’.

The warning was later lifted.

The Kermadec Islands, a volcanic archipelago and dependency of New Zealand, are prone to earthquakes.

There is no permanent population, but some New Zealand conservation and meteorology workers are based at a station on Raoul Island.

The Kermadecs are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotbed of volcanic and earthquake activity at the intersection of several tectonic plates.

Raoul Island is almost 700 miles away from the tip of New Zealand’s North Island.

Mary Greeley News

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