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.
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