Magnitude 6.1 struck near >North Island, New Zealand at 07:51UTC and was located 158 km (98 miles) NE of Gisborne, 269 km (167 miles) ENE of Rotorua, 405 km (251 miles) ESE of Auckland, New Zealand (37.608°S, 179.243°E). According to NZ GEONET the depth was at 40km (24.8 miles), while USGS measured depth of 26 km (16.2 miles) and EMSC only 2km (1.2 miles).
There have been a series of sharp earthquakes in the Kermadec Trench region northeast of Napier today. A 5.8 earthquake at 5.34pm NZT was centred 292km northeast of Napier, at a depth of 33km and a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck close by at 3.43 pm, at a depth of 12km. That quake was possibly felt in the Raukumara Peninsula.
There was no tsunami alert issued. In July this year a tsunami alert was issued for New Zealand after a huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region.
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