The U.S Geological Survey is reporting that a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of New Zealand. The epicenter of the earthquake is near New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands.
Here are some approximate distances, as obtained from the USGS website earthquake.usgs.gov, of the earthquake location from major NZ locations:
70 km (45 miles) SSE of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
210 km (130 miles) NE of L’Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
1050 km (650 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand
1440 km (890 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
The earthquake hit the region at approximately 11:19:29 AM ET September 29 2008. No Tsunami warnings have been issued yet for the region. The USGS puts the depth of the quake at 20.1 km (12.5 miles).
US West Coast residents should keep an eye for new Tsunami warnings. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami warning center website wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov will post any warnings and advisories that may be issued. For folks in the Pacific region, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center website www.prh.noaa.gov will hold details of warnings and tsunami watches. To view the map of the earthquake region, head to this USGS webpage.