Magnitude-7.6 Earthquake hits Kermadec Islands in New Zealand

By on Jul 7, 2011 in Current Events, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments

U.S. Geological Survey reported that New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean was distressed by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Thursday at 7:03 am according to international news sites that day.

New Zealand-Kermadec Island Map
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Furthermore, it was said that the residents were warned to avoid beaches in order to be safe.

Apparently, the volcanic mountains of Kermadec Islands were located in distant outposts, wherein a weather station and a small hotel for visiting New Zealand’s scientists could be found.

U.S. Geological Survey also reported that the earthquake on Thursday at 7:03 am (NZ time) was 48 kilometers or 29.8 miles deep.

According to reports, the Keramecs, Tonga and New Zealand were given a warning for probable tsunami damages by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a U.S. agency.

Nevertheless, Auckland regional Civil Defense controller Clive Manly of Radio New Zealand told reports that a tsunami was not anticipated to cause damage on land.

Mr. Manly was quoted saying, “What we mean by a marine threat is that you can get quite extreme currents — so it is a threat to boats — but at this stage we are not anticipating damage to land.”

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