Friday, July 8, 2011

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake off New Zealand

An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 occurred off the Kermadec Islands, north-eastern New Zealand, reports Wednesday, July 6 before the U.S. Geological Centre. A tsunami warning issued in New Zealand, Kermadec Islands and Tonga, was finally canceled. The New Zealand Herald, the authorities have nevertheless asked residents to stay away from beaches.

First estimated at 7.9, the quake occurred on Thursday at 7 pm local 3 hours (21 hours in Paris 3), and its epicenter was located 211 km east of Raoul Island, which belongs to the Kermadec archipelago, and 48 km deep. "An earthquake of this magnitude has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike within hours to the coast near the epicenter," stated the Tsunami Warning Centre, which explained that a tsunami tidal wave could hit the Kermadec archipelago, uninhabited, Wednesday 21 am to 29 (Paris time), Tonga 17 to 22 h and eastern New Zealand at around 22 h 52, the Centre had said.

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