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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits south of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand


A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 01:45 UTC on May 18, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). 

The epicenter was located 544.2 km (338.1 miles) NE of Opotiki (population 4 044) and 556.6 km (345.8 miles) NE of Gisborne (population 34 274), New Zealand.

There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

Some 3 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking.

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: USGS



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