A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 08:01 UTC on June 19, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). This is the 31st earthquake to hit this area since June 13, 2019.
The epicenter was located 909 km (565 miles) NE of Ngunguru (population 1 358), 939 km (578 miles) NE of Whangarei (population 50 900), 947 km (589 miles) NNE of Whakatane (population 18 602) and 963 km (598 miles) NNE of Tauranga (population 110 338), New Zealand.
There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).
Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake, PTWC said.
The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are reinforced masonry and unreinforced brick with timber floor construction.
Earthquakes in this area since June 13
This is the 31st earthquake to hit this area since June 13, 2019, including M7.2 on June 15, M6.3 on June 16 and today's M6.4.
Magnitudes ranged from 4.6 to 7.2
Earthquakes registered by the USGS from June 13 - 19, 2019. Credit: Google, TW/SAM
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