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Strong quake strikes off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands: USGS

Published on Jun 24, 2014 6:10 AM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A strong 6.9-magnitude quake struck off New Zealand’s remote Kermadec Islands early Tuesday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake struck at 7.19am (3.19am Singapore time) and occurred 96km south-east of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs, the US Geological Survey said, revising earlier parameters.

The epicentre was at a depth of 20km. The largely uninhabited Kermadec Islands are located north-east of New Zealand’s North Island.

The quake was followed two minutes later by an aftershock with a magnitude of 6.3, USGS said.

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